SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Noel Wurst, Liz McMillan, Sean Houghton, Glenn Rossman, Ignacio M. Llorente

News Feed Item

New RSA Innovation Helps Thwart "Smash-and-Grab" Credential Theft

RSA Distributed Credential Protection is Engineered to Remove Primary Points of Compromise; Scrambles, Randomizes and Splits Authentication Credentials Across Multiple Servers, Data Centers and the Cloud

LONDON, Oct. 9, 2012   /PRNewswire/ --

News Summary:

  • RSA has introduced a unique technology to mitigate the risk of stolen passwords, answers to security questions, and other stored credentials and secrets.
  • RSA Distributed Credential Protection is designed to eliminate a primary point of compromise by proactively or reactively scrambling, randomizing, and splitting sensitive data across multiple locations.
  • Innovative new technology developed by RSA® Labs bolsters the defense-in-depth strategy for enterprise portals and web portal providers while limiting impact to usability.

Full Story:

RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE: EMC), today introduced an innovative new technology designed to protect passwords and other credentials and secrets stored in databases from cyber attacks.

RSA® Distributed Credential Protection is engineered to scramble, randomize and split secrets and authentication credentials into two separate locations.  Designed to work alongside existing password protections, RSA Distributed Credential Protection is built to dramatically reduce the likelihood of successful "smash-and-grab" attacks on password servers that compromise customer, retail and financial portals every year, leaving millions of passwords and credentials at risk.

With RSA Distributed Credential Protection, even if an attacker compromises one of the two servers used to store the scrambled and split credential data, the information gained would be useless. Secrets can also be re-randomized at the push of a button so that any potential later intrusion into one of the credential servers would similarly yield useless information.  As a result, attackers face the daunting task of having to compromise two separate servers or data centers nearly simultaneously, without detection, in order to gain valuable information.

Engineered by RSA Labs, this new capability is the result of groundbreaking work in Split Value Cryptographic Authentication.  Credentials secured by RSA Distributed Credential Protection benefit from an added security layer using advanced cryptographic techniques developed by RSA Labs to verify authentication while never reconstructing the split halves.

According to the Verizon 2012 Data Breach Investigation Report, of the data breaches investigated in 2011, servers were among the primary target assets in 64% of investigations and those accounted for 94% of compromised records.  Such incidents can cause expensive lawsuits and remediation, brand damage, business distraction and customer attrition.   By randomizing and splitting sensitive information into two servers, RSA Distributed Credential Protection helps eliminate a primary point of compromise representing a vulnerability for many portal operators today. 

Key benefits of RSA Distributed Credential Protection:

  • Designed to reduce the risk of bulk credential data loss that so often results from "smash-and-grab" cyber attacks.
  • Engineered to eliminate the primary point of password server compromise by randomizing and splitting the credentials across two secure locations.
  • If one location is compromised, the stolen information is useless. Secrets can also then be re-randomized at the push of a button to render information stolen from the second location useless.
  • Secrets are compared cryptographically without reconstruction, eliminating the risk of an attacker grabbing them at reassembly.
  • Deployment is transparent to end users.
  • A number of deployment options are available, including splitting across different domains within an enterprise or splitting across an on-premise environment and one in the cloud.
    Available in Q4 2012, RSA will showcase RSA Distributed Credential Protection at RSA® Conference Europe 2012 in London.

RSA Executive Quote:

Dan Schiappa, Senior Vice President of Identity and Data Protection, RSA

"RSA Distributed Credential Protection is the result of several years of incredible research and development innovation at RSA Labs.  This technology offers a unique way to truly protect bulk data stores of passwords, secrets and other credentials from even highly sophisticated attacks.  This new approach to credential protection will be a game-changer for organizations responsible for the security of very large numbers of end user access credentials."

Analyst Quote:

Scott Crawford, Managing Research Director, Enterprise Management Associates

"Recent, high profile breaches have highlighted the inadequacies of some implementations of credential protection techniques such as hashing and salting. Given the threats posed by attackers seeking to compromise large sources of access credentials and other high-value information, organizations must take these risks seriously and, in some cases, consider new approaches, such as that introduced by RSA."

Featured Resources:

Additional Resources:

About RSA

RSA, The Security Division of EMC, is the premier provider of security, risk and compliance management solutions for business acceleration. RSA helps the world's leading organizations succeed by solving their most complex and sensitive security challenges. These challenges include managing organizational risk, safeguarding mobile access and collaboration, proving compliance, and securing virtual and cloud environments.

Combining business-critical controls in identity assurance, encryption and key management, SIEM, Data Loss Prevention and Fraud Protection with industry leading eGRC capabilities and robust consulting services, RSA brings visibility and trust to millions of user identities, the transactions that they perform and the data that is generated. For more information, please visit www.EMC.com/RSA.

RSA and EMC are either registered trademarks or trademarks of EMC Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.  All other products and/or services referenced are trademarks of their respective companies. 

SOURCE EMC Corporation

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
The BPM world is going through some evolution or changes where traditional business process management solutions really have nowhere to go in terms of development of the road map. In this demo at 15th Cloud Expo, Kyle Hansen, Director of Professional Services at AgilePoint, shows AgilePoint’s unique approach to dealing with this market circumstance by developing a rapid application composition or development framework.
SYS-CON Events announced today Isomorphic Software, the global leader in high-end, web-based business applications, will exhibit at SYS-CON's DevOps Summit 2015 New York, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Isomorphic Software is the global leader in high-end, web-based business applications. We develop, market, and support the SmartClient & Smart GWT HTML5/Ajax platform, combining the productivity and performance of traditional desktop software ...

ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, IBM's

"BSQUARE is in the business of selling software solutions for smart connected devices. It's obvious that IoT has moved from being a technology to being a fundamental part of business, and in the last 18 months people have said let's figure out how to do it and let's put some focus on it, " explained Dave Wagstaff, VP & Chief Architect, at BSQUARE Corporation, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The major cloud platforms defy a simple, side-by-side analysis. Each of the major IaaS public-cloud platforms offers their own unique strengths and functionality. Options for on-site private cloud are diverse as well, and must be designed and deployed while taking existing legacy architecture and infrastructure into account. Then the reality is that most enterprises are embarking on a hybrid cloud strategy and programs. In this Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo (http://www.CloudComputingExpo.com...
"Our premise is Docker is not enough. That's not a bad thing - we actually love Docker. At ActiveState all our products are based on open source technology and Docker is an up-and-coming piece of open source technology," explained Bart Copeland, President & CEO of ActiveState Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo®, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Gray, Director, Embedded and Internet of Things, discussed the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network and cloud communications, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, p...
The move in recent years to cloud computing services and architectures has added significant pace to the application development and deployment environment. When enterprise IT can spin up large computing instances in just minutes, developers can also design and deploy in small time frames that were unimaginable a few years ago. The consequent move toward lean, agile, and fast development leads to the need for the development and operations sides to work very closely together. Thus, DevOps become...
SYS-CON Media announced today that Aruna Ravichandran, VP of Marketing, Application Performance Management and DevOps at CA Technologies, has joined DevOps Journal’s authors. DevOps Journal is focused on this critical enterprise IT topic in the world of cloud computing. DevOps Journal brings valuable information to DevOps professionals who are transforming the way enterprise IT is done. Aruna's inaugural article "Four Essential Cultural Hacks for DevOps Newbies" discusses how to demonstrate the...
Verizon Enterprise Solutions is simplifying the cloud-purchasing experience for its clients, with the launch of Verizon Cloud Marketplace, a key foundational component of the company's robust ecosystem of enterprise-class technologies. The online storefront will initially feature pre-built cloud-based services from AppDynamics, Hitachi Data Systems, Juniper Networks, PfSense and Tervela. Available globally to enterprises using Verizon Cloud, Verizon Cloud Marketplace provides a one-stop shop fo...
AppZero has announced that its award-winning application migration software is now fully qualified within the Microsoft Azure Certified program. AppZero has undergone extensive technical evaluation with Microsoft Corp., earning its designation as Microsoft Azure Certified. As a result of AppZero's work with Microsoft, customers are able to easily find, purchase and deploy AppZero from the Azure Marketplace. With just a few clicks, users have an Azure-based solution for moving applications to the...
“In the past year we've seen a lot of stabilization of WebRTC. You can now use it in production with a far greater degree of certainty. A lot of the real developments in the past year have been in things like the data channel, which will enable a whole new type of application," explained Peter Dunkley, Technical Director at Acision, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that IDenticard will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. IDenticard™ is the security division of Brady Corp (NYSE: BRC), a $1.5 billion manufacturer of identification products. We have small-company values with the strength and stability of a major corporation. IDenticard offers local sales, support and service to our customers across the United States and Canada...
SYS-CON Events announced today that AIC, a leading provider of OEM/ODM server and storage solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. AIC is a leading provider of both standard OTS, off-the-shelf, and OEM/ODM server and storage solutions. With expert in-house design capabilities, validation, manufacturing and production, AIC's broad selection of products are highly flexible and are conf...