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Federal Gov. Humiliated as Snowden is praised as a hero during 2014 International RSA Security Conference

The entire 2014 RSA International Security Conference turned into a grovel fest by the RSA to downplay it’s sinister role in international RSA spying. The company desperately tried to convince it’s foreign clients that it only played a limited role.

Leaders in the communications security field around the world praised Edward Snowden as an international hero.

From New York Times…

And during his keynote speech on Tuesday, RSA’s executive chairman, Arthur W. Coviello Jr., went off-script to address recent allegations that the N.S.A. paid his company $10 million to provide a back door into its security software.

“Has RSA done work with the N.S.A.? Yes. But the fact has been a matter of public record for nearly a decade,” Mr. Coviello said, noting that RSA and other security companies regularly worked with the N.S.A.’s defense arm. “When or if the N.S.A. blurs the lines between its defensive and intelligence-gathering roles, and exploits its position of trust within the security community, then that’s a problem.”

Mr. Coviello suggested that greater separation between the N.S.A.’s offensive and defensive arms could help rebuild broken trust. But in an interview, Mr. Rogers of the House Intelligence Committee said he rejected that notion. ”I don’t support it because if you’re going to learn how to defend the U.S., you better understand how offense works,” he said. “If you separate it, that degree of separation causes some vulnerability.”

“If you have two different agencies, it becomes a bureaucracy,” Mr. Rogers added. “I think that would be a mistake.”

Danke, Edward Snowden

German executives and intelligence officials called Mr. Snowden a hero and said his disclosures had been a boon for business, as N.S.A. suspicions prompted global companies to look for alternatives to American products and services. One German executive said that many clients who had considered moving their services to the cloud were now looking to store their data on hardware inside Germany, given that “the U.S. owns the cloud.”

But American officials were quick to rebut the idea that foreign data would be more secure outside American borders. “There’s a big call for data localization,” said Richard A. Clarke, the former United States counterterrorism czar. He pointed to the announcement this week between the European Union and Brazil that they would run a new undersea fiber-optic cable between Brazil and Portugal to thwart American spying.