RSA unveils management, encryption products

RSA Security has announced a new identity and access management system code-named Nexus that it said will deliver common administration of all the company's security products.

Hosting its annual RSA Conference this week, RSA also rolled out new technology dubbed Nightingale that encrypts sensitive data and distributes it across two locations for enhanced security.

Nexus will offer users a set of common services for all of RSA's security products, according to Art Coviello, the company's president and CEO.

With it, users will have a common interface for managing user and access policies, validating the authenticity of digital certificates and enforcing consistent business and security policies.

Such integration and common interfaces, can be like "nirvana," said Luis Suarez, vice president of PKI and encryption key management at Wachovia in Charlotte, N.C.

Currently, each technology has its own administrative interface and needs to be managed individually.

But pulling off such integration is not without its challenges, Suarez said. "Right now, everything is disparate." Pulling it all together under one common management interface will mean integrating efforts across multiple product and technology groups within RSA. It will also mean getting technologies that work in different operating system environments to somehow be integrated and managed using one interface. "If they can pull it off, it will be really good," he said.

"The underlying (goal) is to make management (of disparate) technologies more transparent and seamless," said David Young, IT program director at Geisinger Health System. "It is something we have been trying to get our hands around" for a while, Young added.

RSA's Nightingale technology, meanwhile, is aimed at better protecting sensitive data using a new form of cryptography called "secret splitting," according to the company.

The technology is based on RSA's BSafe encryption software and is designed so that two servers work together in encrypting and authenticating data. It is only when the data from the two servers is combined that it can be retrieved in its original form. Such splitting ensures better protection against hacker or insider attacks, according to RSA.

The technology will be available in the form of a software development kit later this quarter. It will also be integrated into future releases of the company's access and identity management software.

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