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RSA Splits Data to Stop Hackers

Security company unveils data-splitting anti-hacker technology. RSA Security has unveiled a data-splitting technology to stop hackers trying to break into company secrets contained in sensitive files. The technology, called Nightingale, uses the relatively simple concept of storing two elements of an encrypted file on separate servers. At the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco, John Worrall, vice president of marketing for RSA, said the product mades the overall storage process a lot stronger. “Secrets are often used to protect data – that’s what a cryptographic key is. The system takes a data file, creates a random ‘secret’ file and, by combining the original data with the secret, a new file is produced. “The encrypted file is stored on the data or application server and the secret file is sent to the Nightingale server,” he said. To gain access to the original file, the hacker would have to get both the encrypted file and the secret file. RSA is calling this its secret-splitting technology, and it is set to become part of all future security products from the company. Full Story

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