EMC expands RSA consulting services

The services are designed to help enterprises ensure security in complex virtualized environments

EMC is expanding its security consulting services to help enterprises tackle the complexities of securing their data and complying with regulations in virtualized computing environments.

On Monday, the company is set to introduce four new services from its RSA Security Practice, including one that comes out of its recent acquisition of Archer Technologies. The consulting services will combine EMC's enterprise IT expertise with the security background of its RSA division to help customers secure their data based on business policies. EMC acquired Archer, a privately held governance, risk and compliance vendor, in January for an undisclosed sum.

The number of data security breaches now hitting enterprises indicates their internal systems can't keep up with new threats, said IDC analyst Vivian Tero. "When one takes into account the adoption of new technologies like cloud computing and virtualization, the security and risk management challenge becomes even more complex," she wrote in an e-mail interview.

With their data spread across virtualized data centers and cloud computing environments, organizations have to know more about how the virtual infrastructure is configured to know where bits of data might be, Tero wrote. And administrators need to understand that quickly instead of waiting for an audit to identify potential weaknesses. Doing that by manually analyzing information from multiple point applications is too hard, so EMC wants to help them automate some of that management, she wrote.

The services EMC is introducing on Monday span a wide range of security-related requirements.

Its Standards and Compliance service, based on Archer's technology, works along with existing approaches to "translate business objectives into policies and information risk strategies," according to EMC. That, in turn, can help customers meet corporate governance and regulatory compliance requirements. The Virtualization and Private Cloud Security service is designed to assess the security of virtualized environments and help secure virtual desktops and private clouds.

With the new Fraud Assessment and Strategy service, EMC will provide recommendations for addressing and mitigating risk. A new Security Operations service is designed to help enterprises build an integrated security operations center.

First Data, a payment processing company, on Monday will announce it is expanding its test of a card-information security system that it says it developed with the help of the RSA Security Practice. The TransArmor system, formerly called First Data Secure Transaction Management, takes shoppers' credit card numbers out of merchants' point-of-sale systems as soon as the transaction takes place, said Craig Tieken, vice president of merchant product management at First Data. TransArmor encrypts the card data for transmission to credit card companies and card-issuing banks for approval. It gives the merchant a token in place of the sensitive data so the store doesn't have to worry about securing their customers' information.

Starting out on the project about a year ago, First Data looked for security consultants to help develop it and scale it up, and found EMC, Tieken said. TransArmor uses RSA encryption technology. On Monday, First Data's test of TransArmor is expanding from just a few customers to more than 400. It should be generally available to merchants by the middle of this year, Tieken said.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags consulting servicesrsa securitysecurityemc

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Stephen Lawson

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?