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RSA President Art Coviello

"Our industry needs to deliver solutions that ensure levels of protection in the cloud would surpass what physical environments are providing today," says RSA President Art Coviello.

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Cloud computing was given equal billing with the advent of the Internet as the "most overhyped but underestimated phenomena in history", but the issue of security is holding back its full potential.

This was the gist of the keynote message presented Tuesday (March 2) by Art Coviello, president of RSA, in which he also detailed key challenges—and opportunities—faced by the industry to encourage increased adoption of cloud computing. RSA is the security division of EMC.

To back this point, Coviello cited a recent survey conducted by CIO magazine that stated 51 percent of IT chiefs were unwilling to adopt cloud computing because of security issues. "The challenge is to ensure that safety is designed and built into the cloud so that organizations of every size . . . can make broad use of the cloud, fully confident that their information and transactions are secure," Coviello said.


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