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

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.

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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.

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