RSA Labs: The Next Generation

Oct 10, 2017 | by Brian Girardi

Unless you were sleeping during your crypto elective, RSA Laboratories should spark a memory going back to the early '90s when it was THE resource for Cryptography Research and Education.  Over the years RSA Labs churned out an impressive portfolio of intellectual property to fuel RSA strategy, while keeping its roots in academia and the research underworld.  The RSA Labs organization has since evolved, even going underground for a period of time, to re-emerge now with a renewed mission and purpose for RSA. 

RSA Labs mission is to incubate and accelerate the development of differentiated and high-value capabilities for RSA products.  Simply put: take risks, disrupt.  

For me, research and innovation can be amazing, particularly if there is a purposeful outlet for people to use the results.  Too often I have been involved in projects loaded into a wooden crate, and wheeled into some cavernous warehouse never to be seen again. Think Raiders of the Lost Ark with less face-melting and more professional disappointment.

Our goal in RSA Labs is to "release" every project we develop to our customers and the community. Free to use and critique, to better RSA and the security community we serve. It will be exciting. We will fail at times, but creating that opportunity to disrupt and innovate is well worth the price of a bruised ego every now and then.  

Here are a few things to remember about RSA Labs:

  • RSA Labs is not a product engineering team.  It’s a gang of laboratory chimps with very special skills.
  • RSA Labs does not build or offer supported and warranted products.  Use at your own risk, AS-IS, no help desk, you get the point?
  • RSA Labs projects are not part of any RSA product roadmap.  
  • RSA Labs reserves the right to decommission any offering at any time.

The work of RSA Labs is focused on looking ahead of the market, and leans into solving the security problems of the future.  From ideation, to testing and early development, through beta and into our customer’s hands, the lifecycle of innovation at RSA starts with RSA Labs.

 

Make sure to check out the website to find out about our current projects, and perhaps take one for a test drive.  Want to contact RSA Labs? Stop by the RSA Link Community, and join to conversation.  We look forward to hearing your feedback.

Author: Brian Girardi

Category: Research and Innovation

Keywords: Innovation, RSA Labs, Security, Security Research