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RSA’s mission unchanged by Dell-EMC merger, says Amit Yoran

It is business as usual, says Amit Yoran, chief of EMC security division RSA, as the company officially becomes part of the newly formed tech giant to be known as Dell Technologies

The mission of RSA, EMC’s security division, remains unchanged by EMC’s $60bn acquisition by Dell Technologies, according to RSA president Amit Yoran.

“Today is a new beginning for RSA as we are now a part of the collective team of Dell Technologies,” he wrote in a blog post.

RSA said that with the merger of Dell and EMC,  RSA now has a “significantly” broader reach globally, in sectors, and a sales and go-to market team that favours the cross promotion of Dell family products.

Dell recognises the value of the RSA brand, the company said, which means it will retain its RSA branding and independence.

Yoran will continue to be RSA president, and will report to David Goulden who will go from being CEO of EMC’s core data-storage business, to head of Dell Techonlogies’ enterprise systems group which combines the company’s IT infrastructure products, including servers, data storage, and networking equipment.

In a call with analysts, Goulden pointed out that Dell Technologies now has the combined security capabilities of RSA and SecureWorks.

In particular, he said, RSA and SecureWorks will provide the critical security capability to ensure customers’ hybrid clouds are protected from unauthorised access and advanced threats.

RSA will continue to focus on enabling customers to create business-driven security strategies that connect business context with threat activities to defend against cyber risk quickly and efficiently, said Yoran. He also assured RSA customers that there will be no changes to product strategies, sales models, customer support interactions and processes.

“RSA believes we are the only company that covers the three most critical elements of a sound business-driven security strategy: rapid response and detection, control at the user-access level, and business risk management,” wrote Yoran.

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He further assured customers and partners that RSA was committed to support its products and extend its technology leadership through investment in research and development, including enhancing existing products.

“We will also continue to enrich our channel and other partnerships & technology ecosystems and listen to customer feedback and communicate often,” said Yoran.

RSA may benefit from the focus on innovation by Dell Techologies, mentioned by chairman and CEO Michael Dell in a call with analysts.

He said the merger had created a technology company that “can do more to advance innovation at scale than any company on the planet”.

According to Yoran, Dell Technologies is also focused on ensuring the strongest relationship with the partner that customers prefer to do business with.

“Each Dell Technologies business has an independent partner program and technology ecosystem,” he said.

With the acquisition of EMC, Dell Technologies combines Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream and VMware. Together, they form the world’s largest privately controlled tech company that provides the essential infrastructure for organisations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their information assets.

According to Dell Technologies, it now has revenue of $74bn, 140,000 employees, and a leader position in 20 Gartner magic quadrants.

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