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6/6/2011
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RSA Offers SecurID Token Replacement For Customers In Wake Of Lockheed Hack

Lockheed Martin, RSA link Defense contractor's breach to hack of RSA's SecurID

RSA still has not provided details on exactly what the attackers who targeted RSA made off with. Stiennon says RSA didn't give its customers enough information about what was stolen from its servers, thus leaving them insufficiently informed to protect themselves. "RSA was banking on that not being a targeted attack," he says.

Meanwhile, Lockheed will complete the replacement of 45,000 SecurID tokens by next week. The new tokens are "in the mail today," the Lockheed spokesperson says. "These are [for] employees with a business need to regularly connect to Lockheed Martin through a remote access server. Additional employees may be provided access based on the business need."

The company also reset all user passwords and added an additional layer of security to its remote log-in process. "Access to the VPN network was restored to employees as the security upgrades were complete – which began almost immediately and will conclude this week," the spokesperson said.

"Lockheed Martin has made significant investments in countering the advanced persistent threat. We have placed special emphasis on intelligence analysis, characterization and prediction in order to ensure agile response to attack and enhanced resilience of our systems," the spokesperson said. "Our actions allowed the Lockheed Martin Security Intelligence Center to detect and stop the recent intrusion attempt. As a result, we prevented any compromise of customer, program or employee personal data."

Lockheed also shared information about the attack with its fellow firms in the industry as well as with the Defense Department.

Meanwhile, RSA's Coviello says the company will add extra factors for strong authentication to SecurID. "We will continue to invest heavily in both our SecurID and our risk-based authentication technologies. We will provide additional factors for strong authentication. We will integrate these solutions with our cybercrime intelligence to better identify suspicious behavior targeted at networks, transactions and user sessions. We will ensure that these technologies provide trusted access to virtual and cloud computing resources, leveraging our Cloud Trust Authority. And we will help customers more effectively create the kinds of layered defense capabilities essential to combat today's advanced threats by drawing on our broad portfolio of data loss prevention, security event management, deep packet inspection technologies, and our extensive services expertise," he says.

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Kelly Jackson Higgins is the Executive Editor of Dark Reading. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

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