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RSA's Art Coviello Calls For Increased International Cooperation And Governance Among Nations And Security Industry

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RSA CONFERENCE 2014 --

News Summary:
  • Addressing a record number of attendees at RSA® Conference 2014, RSA Executive Chairman Art Coviello called for increased cooperation and governance among nations and the security industry regarding a range of pressing issues, such as cyber war, government surveillance, privacy and trust on the Internet.  Coviello also:
    • Called for the adoption of four guiding principles to help maintain a more trusted digital world.
    • Proposed a path for security practitioners to adopt intelligence-driven technologies, processes and tools to help ensure the defense of increasingly complex technology environments against cyber risks.
  • Video of the keynote and a copy of Coviello's remarks can be found at: http://www.emc.com/emc-plus/rsa-thought-leadership/art-coviello.htm

Full Story:

Art Coviello, Executive Vice President of EMC Corporation and Executive Chairman of RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE: EMC), delivered his opening keynote to a record crowd at RSA Conference 2014, calling for international government and industry cooperation on major issues including cyber war, surveillance, privacy and trust on the Internet.

"The tension between and among the competing interests of governments, business, and individuals in the digital world should not be surprising. Information has become more easily accessible, and more valuable," Coviello said. "We are in the midst of a fundamental and historic shift in the use of Information Technology, a shift that is already having monumental implications for the future of our society and culture. The rapid expansion and democratization of technology has brought the agendas of disparate groups crashing together with unpredictable consequences."

Coviello articulated four guiding principles to encourage debate and action by all parties with a common vested interest in ensuring a safer Internet:
  1. Renounce the use of cyber weapons, and the use of the Internet for waging war."We must have the same abhorrence to cyber war as we do nuclear and chemical war."
  2. Cooperate in the investigation, apprehension and prosecution of cyber criminals."The only ones deriving advantage from governments trying to gain advantage over one another on the Internet are the criminals. Our lack of immediate, consistent and sustained cooperation, globally, gives them the equivalent of safe havens."
  3. Ensure that economic activity on the Internet can proceed unfettered and that intellectual property rights are respected."The benefits to all of us from the improvements of productivity in commerce, research, and communication are too valuable to not achieve agreement. Rule of law must rule!"
  4. Respect and ensure the privacy of all individuals."Our personal information has become the true currency of the digital age. While it is important that we are not exploited, it is even more important that our fundamental freedoms are protected. But with our personal freedom comes responsibility. Governments have a duty to create and enforce a balanceā€¦ a balance based on a fair governance model and transparency."

Coviello also argued for changes at the NSA and intelligence organizations around the world to adopt a governance model that more clearly separates their defensive and intelligence gathering roles.

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