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RSA clients gagged on hacks

Julian Bajkowski | April 8, 2011
A senior executive of RSA Security, has admitted it has required corporate customers to sign non-disclosure agreements to receive technical advice on how to plug possible new security holes arising from a hacking raid on the company.

RSA's problems have also rekindled debate about whether companies in Australia should be legally compelled to give public notifications when they have had security breaches that expose customer information.

"Australia should be taking the recent disclosure by RSA (and a number of subsequent US companies) as yet further examples of how breach disclosure legislation operates to benefit the public," chief information security officer for Logica Australia, Ajoy Ghosh, said.

Because RSA is a California-based company, it is required under breach disclosure laws to notify affected customers.

KEY POINTS The world's biggest maker of computer pass fobs is making Australian customers sign a code of silence after a hacking raid. Banks may have to foot the bill to fix security systems that rely on RSA Security's devices.



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