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Monday, July 17, 2006

EMC Deal Aimed at Securing Stored Data

EMC Corp.‘s recent acquisition of RSA Inc. underscores the convergence of information security and storage.  EMC, which sells large storage systems for use in corporate data centers, bought RSA—-a manufacturer of encryption software and devices—-to provide it with identity and access management technologies and encryption and key management software, which will help EMC deliver information lifecycle management.  A survey last year by CompTIA, an IT trade association, found that protecting and securing data is the number one challenge in storage management.  Security was cited as the top concern by one-third of storage management execs surveyed; management and administration of stored data was the second highest concern, followed by speed of access to stored data, and making data more accessible.

EMC Corp.‘s recent acquisition of RSA Inc. underscores the convergence of information security and storage.  EMC, which sells large storage systems for use in corporate data centers, bought RSA—-a manufacturer of encryption software and devices—-to provide it with identity and access management technologies and encryption and key management software, which will help EMC deliver information lifecycle management.  A survey last year by CompTIA, an IT trade association, found that protecting and securing data is the number one challenge in storage management.

A passel of widely-publicized cases of missing tapes containing Social Security numbers and other personal data has sensitized companies to the need for protecting information should it fall into the wrong hands.  In addition, laws and regulations require banks and other financial institutions to institute policies for retaining, protecting, and accessing information.

“We’re now seeing the same blending of security and storage as we’ve seen with security and networks,” says Barbara Nelson, CEO of NeoScale Systems, which makes “appliances”—hardware devices that encrypt disks and tapes, and manage the keys needed to unlock data.

RSA’s encryption and key management technology is central to EMC’s strategy to directly protect information no matter where it resides within or outside of an organization, the company said in a statement.

While software encryption works at the application level, additional technology is needed to secure data at the media level, e.g., disks and tapes.

http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/articles.php?art_id=156&PHPSESSID=cfb4ec9e2060b1a75aa318ad04007258

Posted on 07/17
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