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March 2012

The RSA breach: One year later

St. Patrick’s Day will never be the same for executives at RSA. In the world of information security, March 17, 2011 was truly a day of infamy, especially for the millions of end users who trusted the integrity of the ubiquitous RSA SecurID authentication token. On that day, RSA executives had to deliver the announcement they’d likely only imagined in cold-sweat nightmares. One year ago on March 17, RSA executives had to tell the world their flagship intellectual property had been stolen, likely by a well-financed, determined and patient nation-state adversary. One of the world’s best-known security companies had been compromised; RSA, the Security Division of EMC, now was in the shoes of many of its customers. It also ran the risk of becoming an industry punch line. But this was no ChoicePoint situation. They weren’t talking about personal data of 117,000 individuals. This was mission-critical, two-factor authentication technology prevalent in the financial services industry, U.S. government agencies and the country's defense ...

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