Our collaboration with First Data Corporation is a good example of a cloud-based tokenisation service available to merchants of all sizes which are responsible for the protection of credit card information. The service removes credit card data from merchant environments through a solution that is hardware agnostic, scalable and completely transparent to the consumer.
Larger organisations will face new and different challenges as they flock to the cloud in pursuit of dramatic cost and resource efficiencies. It is incumbent upon the information security industry to enable that migration and ensure safety in the cloud. In fact, I believe the transition to the cloud can and will offer opportunities for even better security than is possible in physical environments given the opportunity we have to embed security controls directly into the virtual infrastructure, making those infrastructures secure and policy aware.
As we head into 2010, renewed awareness and understanding of risk will once again spur the industry on to new growth. Security delivered as a service will offer protection to those who lack the expertise and/or resources to stand up their own security platforms. The unique security challenges and opportunities introduced by cloud computing will push us to match and surpass physical security as we implement virtual infrastructures.
And information security leaders, who finally have the ear of the chief executive officer, will develop security strategies that not only identify, quantify and mitigate risk but enable innovation and growth in the coming decade.
Art Coviello is president of RSA, the security division of EMC.
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