Microsoft, RSA Team Up on Data Security

by admin December 5, 2008 at 12:16 pm

The pair are betting that enterprises will want to leverage Windows 2008 to more tightly control and protect sensitive information.

As data breaches continue to hit the headlines, Microsoft and RSA today said they would integrate data protection products in a deepening of their long-standing relationship.

As a result, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) will embed the data-classification engine of RSA’s Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Suite into existing and future products. It also said it would tightly integrate RSA’s DLP Suite 6.5 with Windows Server 2008’s Active Directory Rights Management Services (RMS) — which assigns user rights to help control their access to content like intranet sites, e-mails and documents.

“The goal is to give companies a far better way to protect sensitive data and share it securely,” said Tom Corn, vice president of products in the Data Security Group at RSA, the security arm of storage vendor EMC, (NYSE: EMC). “We’re not just integrating these technologies, but building them into the infrastructure.”

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