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RSA Grows Its Data Protection Mix

SAN FRANCISCO -- RSA, EMC's  security division, moved to expand its strategy for securing encryption endpoints in corporate networks by agreeing to purchase Valyd Software Private Ltd. for an undisclosed sum.

Valyd's software encrypts database and file servers, said Art Coviello, president of RSA and executive vice president of EMC, in a meeting with press and analysts Tuesday at the RSA Conference 2007 owned and operated by RSA.

Coviello said Valyd's technology fills key cavities in RSA's strategy for enterprise data protection (EDP), the goal of which is to protect the information stored on them from internal and external attacks.

The Valyd software, along with new strategic partnerships with CipherOptics, Decru, NeoScale Systems and Epicor|CRS, will fortify RSA's new Database Security Manager and RSA File Security Manager software, both of which will be integrated with RSA Key Manager software.

RSA Database Security Manager will provide data protection for database software from IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Sybase, and Teradata.

RSA File Security Manager preserves data maintained in files, offering centralized management, separation of duties and other security polices.

"The combination of information management and security is paramount," Coviello said in the briefing. "Security has to be built more into an information infrastructure for us to be effective."

EDP is crucial because regulations calling for the protection of sensitive data to prevent identity theft and fraud have sprouted up, forcing businesses to protect data within applications, databases, files, disk storage systems, tape systems or networks.

EMC CEO Joseph Tucci, who joined Coviello in the media and analyst briefing, fielded a question about what business EMC would jump into next; the storage vendor has already gained enterprise content management by buying Documentum, server virtualization with its purchase of VMware and security provider RSA in the last few years.

Tucci said that he was quite content with the current state of EMC's business.

"What I've said publicly, and I mean it, is that I like the position we have today," Tucci said. "Rather than do another large acquisition and put another piece onto the EMC market pie -- which we will do eventually -- I think right now for 2007, and for foreseeable months after that, I'd like to focus on what we have."

Tucci also indicated EMC will most likely make small acquisitions to flesh out its portfolio. He declined to make this an definitive statement, repeating his mantra: "you never say never."

The executives also discussed the integration roadmap between the two companies, pointing to Tuesday's announcement of the incorporation of RSA security software into EMC's Symmetrix DMX-3 systems.