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RSA Chairman Urges 'We can Trust the Cloud'

Cloud computing nand virtualization will re-shape the security landscape, surpassing the level of control and visibility that physical IT offers, the executive chairman of RSA has said.

During a speech at the RSA security conference in San Francisco, Art Coviello, the chairman of the RSA security division of storage solutions provider EMC, proposed that trust in the cloud was achievable if virtualisation and cloud computing are leveraged properly.

He said that virtualisation will offer enhanced system security which is even greater than that which is currently offered by physical IT security systems.

"It may seem counter intuitive to use the technology enabling the cloud, virtualization, to secure the cloud. But we can. We now know a criminal ecosystem has developed, and nation states and non-state actors like WikiLeaks pose new threats that can only be countered with our own cooperative ecosystem," Coviello said during the keynote titled 'Trust in the Cloud: Proof not Promises'.

Coviello said that cloud computing was necessary to manage the information, identities and infrastructure revolutions that were taking place across the industry.

"Fearful or not, these changes are making cloud adoption inevitable."

The RSA has itself launched the RSA Cloud Trust Authority to offer visibility and control over information, identity and infrastructure.

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