In wake of breach, RSA names chief security officer

Eddie Schwartz will have his work cut out in new role

Eddie Schwartz, former chief security officer at Netwitness Corp., a company recently acquired by EMC, has been named chief security officer of the storage vendor's RSA security division.

In his new role, Schwartz will likely oversee both virtual and physical security efforts at RSA.

EMC did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment on the appointment. However, Schwartz appeared to confirm his new role on his LinkedIn profile and in tweets yesterday.

Schwartz, whose experience includes stints as the first CISO at Nationwide, and as a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. State Department, will have his work cut out for him in his new role.

RSA is struggling to stem damage resulting from a data breach that compromised information on the company's SecurID two-factor authentication technology earlier this year.

Though the company has downplayed the severity of the breach, concerns about the reliability of SecurID have been growing.

The concerns have been fueled by defense contractor Lockheed Martin's recent disclosure that it was the target of a sophisticated cyber attack involving the use of compromised SecurID tokens. Unconfirmed reports about other defense contractors being similarly attacked have only added to RSA's woes.

"Eddie is taking on this role at a critical time for RSA," said Richard Stiennon, an analyst with IT-Harvest. "Not only have they experienced a major targeted attack that stole their most valuable digital assets, but now they are facing customer doubts about the integrity of their SecureID tokens," he said.

Schwartz' previous experience as CSO at Netwitness should serve him well, Stiennon said.

Netwitness, which EMCacquired shortly after the RSA breach, owns what many consider to be an industry-leading technology for helping companies investigate and mitigate network intrusions. "[Schwartz's] previous experience in operations and his experience at Netwitness has given him unique insight into advanced targeted attacks at some of the largest government and commercial entities in the world," Stiennon said.

Unlike most CSOs, Schwartz will likely have a public-facing role, at least initially. RSA wants him to help quell customer concerns about SecureID, Stiennon added.

Jaikumar Vijayan covers data security and privacy issues, financial services security and e-voting for Computerworld. Follow Jaikumar on Twitter at @jaivijayan or subscribe to Jaikumar's RSS feed. His e-mail address is jvijayan@computerworld.com.

Read more about security in Computerworld's Security Topic Center.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags careersIT managementLinkedInemclockheed martinCybercrime and Hacking

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Jaikumar Vijayan

Jaikumar Vijayan

Computerworld (US)
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Bang and Olufsen Beosound Stage - Dolby Atmos Soundbar

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Nakamichi Delta 100 3-Way Hi Fi Speaker System

Learn more >

ASUS ROG, ACRONYM partner for Special Edition Zephyrus G14

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for Nintendo Switch

Learn more >

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 9000 Toothbrush

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

SunnyBunny Snowflakes 20 LED Solar Powered Fairy String

Learn more >

Teac 7 inch Swivel Screen Portable DVD Player

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?