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EMC integrates storage with RSA security tools

Bill Goodwin

Storage supplier EMC and security specialist RSA are poised to offer businesses a range of security technologies that combine elements from both businesses, following the takeover of RSA by EMC in September.

The companies said work to integrate their technologies was well advanced and would give IT departments a range of advanced options to secure their data.

"We are building a common security platform that will take RSA technology around authentication, access control, auditing, key management and policy management and build a consistent set of capabilities across EMC's product set," said Rob Sadowski, director of product marketing at EMC.

EMC's strategy is to incorporate advanced RSA encryption into its storage systems to allow businesses to encrypt data across their networks without having to buy multiple key management systems.

The company is also working in partnership with rival IT security suppliers to develop common key management standards that ultimately could allow IT departments to deploy a single key manage­ment system across their organisation.

"Encryption should be deployed selectively based on the need to mitigate a particular risk," said Sadowski.

"One of the biggest risks organisations might face is backing up data. We have heard many stories about tapes falling off a truck or getting lost."

EMC also plans to offer a secure remote maintenance service that would allow its engineers to access user companies' storage systems to upgrade or maintain equipment.

IT departments would be able to use a web portal to give maintenance staff permission to access particular discs for maintenance work. The portal would issue staff with a one-time password granting access to systems.

Related article: EMC buys RSA for £1.1bn

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