RSA introduces new technology to protect passwords


by CBR Staff Writer| 11 October 2012

The new technology is designed to protect passwords and other credentials from cyber attacks

RSA, the security division of EMC, has introduced a new technology that scrambles, randomises and splits user names and passwords to store them on different computer server to thwart hack attack.

The new product, known as RSA Distributed Credential Protection, will reduce the risk of bulk credential data loss from smash-and-grab cyber attacks.

The product features deployment options such as splitting across different domains within an enterprise or splitting across an on-premise environment and one in the cloud.

RSA said that the service runs alongside systems to protect passwords that firms have installed already.

The product will help prevent the types of username and password breaches that affected organisations which include LinkedIn, eHarmony and Zappos.

RSA senior vice president of identity and data protection Dan Schiappa said that the product is the result of several years of research and development innovation at RSA Labs.

"This technology offers a unique way to truly protect bulk data stores of passwords, secrets and other credentials from even highly sophisticated attacks," Schiappa said.

"This new approach to credential protection will be a game-changer for organizations responsible for the security of very large numbers of end user access credentials."

In September this year, RSA had introduced new applications to its Identity and Access Management (IAM) suite, which claimed to unify identity and access management in hybrid IT environments, whether on-premise, mobile and cloud.

In July 2012, RSA had introduced FraudAction Anti Rogue App Service to counter malicious and unauthorised apps appearing on mobile app stores.

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