Security Issues Still Solved Using "Piecemeal" Approach

The tendency to tackle myriad information security challenges in a piecemeal manner has become the biggest bane for organisations which exposes them to significant security risks, according to remarks made by RSA chief executive Art Coviello.

Speaking at the RSA Conference 2009 in London, Mr. Coviello expressed his disapproval of the manner in which many organisations have approached the subject of information security and mentioned the need to develop an integrated approach to addressing security issues.

Explaining his rationale behind his view, Mr Coviello mentioned "If the technology comes already integrated, it is much easier for organisations to implement a true security infrastructure."

Of late RSA has tried to integrate security solutions and has signed agreements with companies like Cisco and Microsoft to incorporate its data loss prevention (DLP) technology in a few of their key product offerings.

It has also been collaborating with companies like IBM and HP for developing an encryption key management reference standard besides working on a protocol to standardise key management across different encryption applications.

Executives at RSA have also advocated that resisting the use of web 2.0 technologies like social networking in offices or banning certain websites may prove counter productive and can hardly secure security objectives.

Our Comments

Resistance is futile might say some when it comes to social networking. More office workers than ever before are using social networking websites at their place of work and yet, most of the recent security scares came from stolen laptops, hackers breaking in or phishers exploiting social engineering.

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