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RSA aims to boost SMB security with worldwide partner deals

25 Feb 2014
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RSA has announced a new Managed Security Program to allow third-party companies to offer its security products as managed services, in an attempt to make it easier for firms of all sizes to implement security tools.

RSA, which is the security division of EMC, has signed Verizon Enterprise Solutions as its headline global service partner alongside US firms Foreground Security and DataShield Consulting, as well as Communication Valley Reply in Europe.

As cyber security becomes an increasingly important aspect of any given business's IT strategy, the costs associated with conducting security in house are significant. RSA says it is aiming to bring its security products to businesses of all sizes.

RSA said the scheme would allow partners to rapidly adopt and then build added-value services around its various security products. The new Managed Security Program combines a number of RSA's security products including Security Analytics, Critical Incident Response Solution and Security Operations Management.

RSA senior vice president Amit Yoran explained: "Organisations are compromised daily through the proliferation of advanced malware and the myriad opportunities that malicious actors have to mount cyber attacks.

"Security strategies and managed services that rely on an antiquated understanding of perimeter controls and legacy log monitoring methods can't provide the deep visibility or intelligence needed for enterprises to detect and deal with today's threats."

He claimed the RSA's managed security services would be accessible to "almost any enterprise", giving firms the option to achieve a higher level of defence than they could previously afford.

In the UK, smaller businesses have been warned to ramp up their efforts when it comes to security. The government launched its Cyber Streetwise campaign to educate small firms on how to protect themselves against hackers in January.

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Michael Passingham

Michael Passingham joined V3 as a reporter in June 2013. Prior to working at V3, Michael spent time at computing magazine PC Pro. Michael covers IT skills, social media, tech startups and also produces V3's video content.

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