TORONTO, June 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Q9 Networks (Q9) is pleased to announce
that it has been selected by SecureKey Technologies to provide a high
availability solution for SecureKey's new cloud-based authentication
SecureKey's innovative Credential Broker Service (CBS), operated in
Canada under the brand SecureKey Concierge, allows Canadians to use
their online banking user ID and password to obtain access to web-based
federal government services. Announced in November 2011, three banks
have agreed to participate in the service to date and many federal
government services are expected to be accessible using online banking
credentials in the near future.
Under the terms of the agreement, Q9 is providing SecureKey with
high-availability co-location services and managed bandwidth at two Q9
data centres to facilitate production and disaster recovery
"We expect millions of Canadians to take advantage of the convenience of
using their existing banking credentials to access government
services," says Hugh Cumming, Executive Vice President, Technology and
Operations, SecureKey Technologies. "We sought a provider that could
not only deliver the reliability and security that this requires, but
one that also had the credibility to assist us in obtaining accredited
provider status. After extensive due diligence, we determined that Q9's
track record, reputation and comprehensive suite of services was best
able to support this initiative."
Q9, a Canadian company, designs, builds and operates its data centres to
meet the most demanding IT infrastructure requirements, including the
increased power and cooling demands of today's high density computing
devices. Customers connect to the Internet via Q9's unique network and
are protected by Q9's 100 percent, SLA-backed uptime guarantees on both
power and network availability. Customer equipment and data centre
environmental parameters are monitored 7x24 by Q9's Control Centre,
staffed by experts versed in all aspects of IT and facilities
"We are delighted to be hosting this important new application for
Canadians," says Q9 Chief Executive Officer, Osama Arafat. "As more and
more government information and services migrate to the Internet,
applications like SecureKey's Credential Broker Service make it easier,
more secure and more convenient to access those services."
About SecureKey Technologies Inc.
SecureKey provides an innovative platform-as-a-service for
authentication, payment and identity. By embedding its security client
in laptops, tablets, and mobile devices, SecureKey enables partners to
deliver scalable, easy to use solutions with the security of chip-based
identity and payment credentials. Financial institutions, healthcare
providers, telecoms, and government organizations are using SecureKey
today to provide two-factor and federated authentication and identity
solutions. SecureKey is a privately held company based in Toronto,
Canada, with backing from leading technology, payments and mobile
industry network providers. For more information, please visit
About Q9 Networks:
Q9 Networks is Canada's leading provider of outsourced data centre
infrastructure for organizations with mission-critical IT operations.
Q9's 11 data centres and network are backed by an industry leading SLA
that guarantees 100 per cent network and power availability. Q9
services, including: co-location, bandwidth, dedicated servers,
firewalls, load balancing, virtual private networking (VPN) and
back-up/restore, enable the rapid provisioning and scalability of
client infrastructure. Q9 is backed by ABRY Partners, one of the most
experienced and successful media, communications and information
services focused private investment firms in North America, having
completed over $21 billion of investments since 1989.
SOURCE Q9 Networks Inc.
For further information:
Director, Marketing Communications
SecureKey Technologies Inc.
Director of Marketing & Corporate Communications
Q9 Networks Inc.
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