Can strategic acquisitions open the door to smart grid success? AuthenTec certainly thinks so. While the Melbourne, Fla.-based firm is better known for its biometric security products, its SmartSych partnership owes a lot to its acquisition of SafeNet’s embedded security division. Here’s why it matters: SafeNet had been working with SmartSynch on security prior to the buy. And for the McAfees and Symantecs of the world, AuthenTec could just have pointed them to the smart grid security shortcut they’re looking for.