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40 At 40: A Look At Pioneering IT Companies Founded In 1982 And Before

Rick Whiting

As part of CRN’s 40th anniversary this year, here’s a look at 40 companies across the IT industry that have been around as long as CRN – and in many cases much longer.

RSA

RSA Data Security was founded in 1982 by MIT colleagues Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir and Leonard Adleman who, five years earlier, had developed the public-key cryptography method for securing network communications. The company’s name came from the first letter of their last names, according to a National Inventors Hall of Fame entry for Shamir.

The public-key method, used to safeguard electronic transaction data, has proven instrumental to the growth of the internet and e-commerce.

RSA was acquired by EMC Corp. in 2006 and became part of Dell Technologies in 2016 after Dell’s acquisition of EMC. RSA was sold to a consortium of private investors, led by Symphony Technology Group, in 2020.

RSA today is a leading provider of cybersecurity and digital risk management software including SecurID and Outseer for identity and access management, Netwitness for threat detection and response, and Archer for integrated risk management.

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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