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RSA Conference 2012: Security Vendors Target the Enterprise

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The RSA Conference is underway, which means vendors announcements a-plenty are on their way.

A number of vendors are kicking the week-long conference off today with product announcements touching everything from mobile devices to the cloud. Among them is Hewlett-Packard, which unveiled the HP Security Intelligence and Risk Management (SIRM) platform in a bid to provide a unified view into enterprise security.

RSA Conference News Update“Today’s attacks are so complex and difficult to detect, a traditional approach to security just can’t provide the level of insight necessary to secure the extended enterprise,” said Tom Reilly, vice president and general manager of enterprise security products at HP, in a statement. “The HP Security Intelligence and Risk Management platform offers visibility into diverse security environments as well as contextual intelligence to proactively manage risk from applications to network – and IT governance.”

McAfee also added its name to the list of companies making announcements with the release of McAfee Enterprise Mobility Management 10.0 with enhancements built around ease of administration and security. The latest version of the software includes email sandboxing for iOS, which prevents corporate mail from being forwarded to a personal inbox; Block iCloud Backup for iOS, which keeps the user from moving corporate data from the device to iCloud; and application blacklisting for iOS and Android devices, which allows the administrator to define a set of applications and block access. In addition, bulk provisioning for Android and iOS has been added to expedite authorization of mobile devices to large groups of users.

McAfee also said it is planning to release EMM 10.1 next month with an integrated Secure Container for Android to allow administrators to segregate corporate email, calendar and contacts from personal data via corporate policies.

“Mobile device are continuing to grow rapidly and have become a staple in work life and play,” said John Thode, executive vice president and general manager of McAfee’s consumer, mobile and small business unit, in a statement. “As a result, consumers and organizations need to ensure these devices are protected from device loss, data theft and malware that can be distributed via direct downloads, links, email attachments and text messaging.”

Fellow security firm Sophos also announced plans to target enterprise security, though their eyes are fixed on the cloud. In the latest version of its SafeGuard Enterprise product, Sophos has added SafeGuard Encryption for Cloud Storage, which automatically encrypts files uploaded to the cloud from any management endpoint, as well as SafeGuard Encryption for FileShare, which uses central keys to give access to files to authorized users or groups only.

“In today’s business world, users are everywhere, and data protection needs to be everywhere too,” said Matthias Pankert, vice president of product management at Sophos, in a statement. “With businesses continuing to experience costly and embarrassing breaches, it's more important than ever to secure data. The latest version of SafeGuard Enterprise provides complete data protection.”

The RSA Conference this year features more than 350 exhibitors. The event will run from today until March 2 in San Francisco.

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