RSA 2013: Passwords, Managed Security and BYOD

News the China hacking and the security insights enabled by big data may be trends dominating discussions at the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week as security professionals gather for one of the biggest events in the market. But on a day-to-day basis some of the real security battles are  fought where the keyboard meets the user, as many security experts will attest. With that in mind, here's a quick look at some of the announcements this week coming out of RSA, with special attention to passwords, BYOD and the cloud.

But first, just to give you some perspective on the big picture, cyber-attacks are getting worse, and only 20 percent of organizations say that they are more effective at stopping them. That's according to a new report on Big Data Analytics for Cyber Defense by the security analyst experts at the Ponemon Institute and released by Teradata Corp. (NYSE: TDC). So where do you start? How about passwords?

ManageEngine Password Manager Pro gets iPhone app

ManageEngine unveiled enhancements to Password Manager Pro, including a new iPhone app that lets IT security pros manage privileged passwords from their phones. It also integrates with third-party apps to streamline password management activities. The enhancement provides the answer to a real need, according to Rajesh Ganesan, director of product management at ManageEngine. “The tight access restrictions of the datacenter mean administrators need a secure way to retrieve passwords from mobile devices, at times without internet connectivity. They need a way to review and approve password access requests while on the go. The Password Manager Pro iPhone app meets both challenges head on.”

SilverSky showcases Security-as-a-service platform

 Cloud IT security provider SilverSky showcased its security-as-a-service platform at the conference. The company says that its solution manages, secures and monitors organizations' vital information assets with a portfolio of software and managed services delivered through a unifed policy aware platform. The portfolio includes the Email Protection Suite which features DLP, email archiving, email continuity and AV/AS and encryption.

Juniper, RSA Partner on enhanced remote security for mobile users

Juniper Networks and RSA announced plans to expand their technology partnership to enhance security and remote access for mobile users. The expansion includes sharing of threat intelligence from both companies to IT security staff plus a plan by Juniper to embed RSA's mobile authentication technologies into the Juniper Networks Junos Plus SSL Secure product to secure the mobile user experience when accessing both  corporate and cloud resources.

Clearly RSA is a huge conference with many more announcements and trends, and we cannot possibly cover all of them at MSPmentor.  But if you are an MSP and there's a security vendor that works with MSPs that you'd like to see covered here, please let us know in the comments.
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