RSA Security Debuts Smart Identity, Security Analytics Technologies

VIDEO: RSA Security President Amit Yoran wants to help IT exit the "dark ages" of security.


SAN FRANCISCO--Amit Yoran, president of RSA Security, is a realist when it comes to the state of IT security in many organizations, and he's not all that impressed. In a meeting with press and analysts at the RSA Conference here ahead of his keynote today, Yoran outlined his views on the state of modern IT security and announced a pair of new products from RSA Security.

"The security market is fundamentally broken," Yoran said. "The approach that our industry has taken is irreparably flawed, and we have to change."

RSA Security itself is also changing, as Yoran said the company is going through a massive transformation.

"We're making some bold moves and some big bets, but we think that's what's need," he said.

From a product perspective, one of the bold moves is the new Via platform, which Yoran called a reinvention of RSA's authentication and identity management capabilities. He explained that Via is all about providing identity assurance from any device at any time using whatever method the user wants to use.

The Via platform includes RSA Via Access, which is the strong authentication access piece. RSA Via Governance helps to enable compliance for user assess, while RSA Via Lifecycle provides password request, delivery and management capabilities.

The second big product announcement from RSA security is the Security Analytics 10.5 release. Security Analytics is a product that came to RSA by way of the acquisition of NetWitness in 2011. With the new Security Analytics release, RSA customers can now use their own back-end storage for information, instead of needing to rely entirely on RSA.

Yoran said that Security Analytics provides a consistent and unified view of security that goes beyond just looking at what's happening on an organization's internal network.

"We're getting rid of the fear, uncertainty and doubt that has plagued the security industry and giving organizations clarity with a level of forensic rigor that has never been available before," he said.

Overall, Yoran wants the IT security industry to make bold changes to advance the state of security.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner is an Internet consultant, strategist, and contributor to several leading IT business web sites.