Feeds

RSA hears from ex-MI5 boss

Stella performance

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The sixth annual RSA Security conference was opened by the disturbing sight of David Taylor dressed in a grey, silk dressing gown brandishing a long cigarette-holder like a hirsute Noel Coward. Fortunately the business leader was not reprising the title of his book – The Naked Leader – but opening the Prohibition-themed conference. Taylor outlined the role of Elisabeth Smith Friedman's successful code-breaking in catching rum runners during the Prohibition era.

Dame Stella Rimington, the former director-general of MI5, spoke next on the role of government and business in countering terrorism. She said that new technologies like encryption offer both an advantage and disadvantage to security services. She stressed the importance of balancing civil rights with robust anti-terror laws. Talking about MI5 and the Cold War she recommended John Le Carre’s Smiley’s People as an accurate description of “tradecraft”.

The final keynote speech of the first day was from Art Coviello, RSA Security's CEO. He said business must make security a boardroom level issue and called on industry sectors to establish specific best practice guidelines. He called on security vendors to ensure their products did not impede access to services but made access easier.

RSA announced new provisioning partnerships with Microsoft, Sun, Courion and M-Tech. Details here.

RSA Security also released financial results today with revenues for the third quarter ended 30 September expected to hit $76m and earnings per share of $.20 to $.22.

The company announced the departure of head of international sales Mark Reeves and Scott Schnell, formerly head of worldwide sales and marketing. Jim Bandanza has been promoted to vice president of worldwide sales and Richard Turner takes responsibility for sales in EMEA and Asia Pacific. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests
Day 4: 'News'-papers STILL rammed with Clooney nuptials
Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods
Not just web servers under threat - though TENS of THOUSANDS have been hit
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
PEAK IPV4? Global IPv6 traffic is growing, DDoS dying, says Akamai
First time the cache network has seen drop in use of 32-bit-wide IP addresses
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Who.is does the Harlem Shake
Blame it on LOLing XSS terroristas
Researchers tell black hats: 'YOU'RE SOOO PREDICTABLE'
Want to register that domain? We're way ahead of you.
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.