BOSTON Oct 22 Verizon Communications Inc
has hired a prominent executive away from EMC Corp's RSA
security division as the carrier looks to expand offerings of
services to help businesses protect data and fight cyber
The telecommunications company said on Tuesday it has hired
RSA Chief Information Security Officer Eddie Schwartz to lead
Verizon's corporate security and cyberintelligence practice.
Schwartz, 53, rose to prominence after RSA hired him as its
chief information security officer in 2011, charging him with
bolstering security at the firm following an embarrassing cyber
attack that resulted in the theft of some of the company's key
Hackers used information stolen in that attack to launch
attacks on other firms including defense contractor Lockheed
Martin Corp. It was one of the most high-profile
breaches of data at a security company.
RSA spokesman Kevin Kempskie said that Schwartz would be
"Eddie had an important, positive and enduring impact during
his tenure at RSA," Kempskie said.
RSA has yet to name a replacement for Schwartz, but Kempskie
said that EMC's Chief Security Officer Dave Martin would oversee
security at RSA in the interim.
Telecommunications carriers and other technology firms are
looking to expand security product offerings as businesses
increasingly move data to the cloud and mobile devices, placing
new demands on securing that information.
Deutsche Telekom AG and Qualcomm Inc
earlier this month invested in the San Francisco mobile security
startup Lookout. IBM Corp last month purchased security
firm Trusteer in a deal valued at nearly $1 billion.