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RSA hires a security chief as firms get busy replacing SecureID keys

A bumpy ride ahead
Fri Jun 10 2011, 13:23

CRYPTOGRAPHY FIRM RSA Security has appointed its first chief security officer as the company continues the time-consuming task of replacing SecureID keys that could have been affected by an attack its systems in March.

According to his Twitter account Eddie Schwartz moved from the chief security officer position at security firm Netwitness to the same role at RSA. Netwitness, a company that works on network monitoring technology, was recently acquired by RSA's parent company EMC.

As well as having held a role as chief security officer at Nationwide Insurance, he was previously a foreign service officer with the US State Department. He'll immediately be faced with some difficult tasks, such as restoring RSA's reputation after the theft of SecureID data, which the firm admitted was used in an attack on US military contractor Lockheed Martin and potentially others.

RSA's problems are related to SecureID devices, which are electronic keys or tokens used by many firms and organisations around the world and generate one-time passcodes to access confidential networks, computer systems and databases.

RSA hasn't been totally clear on details regarding the hacking of its systems, but it's thought that criminals might have discovered the algorithms used to generate SecureID keys and passcodes.

The company has said that it will replace the SecureID keys of some customers, with Reuters having reported that two Australian banks are already in that process. µ

 

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