Technology >> CEO Interviews >> April 4, 2005

Art Coviello – Rsa Security Inc (rsas)

ART COVIELLO, President and CEO of RSA Security Inc., has been with the company since 1995 and has more than 20 years of strategic, operating and financial management experience in high-technology companies. Since joining RSA Security, he has been a driving force in the rapid growth of the company, helping increase revenues from $25 million in 1995 to $307.5 million in 2004. As president and CEO, Mr. Coviello is responsible for the operations and strategic growth of the company, directing the company's vision, acquisitions, strategic planning and investments. Mr. Coviello's contribution has helped establish RSA Security as the de facto standard for two-factor authentication and encryption and as a driving force in identity and access management and standards development. During his tenure, Mr. Coviello orchestrated the successful acquisitions of Xcert International, 3G International, TransIndigo, and Securant Technologies to strengthen RSA Security's position in the e-security market. As a recognized industry luminary, Mr. Coviello plays a leading role in several national cyber-security and identity-theft initiatives and serves as an advisor to key government agencies. Mr. Coviello served as an industry advisor for the Department of Homeland Security's National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. He serves as co-chair of TechNet New England and is a leading member of TechNet's CEO Cyber Security Task Force. In 2003, he was appointed to co-chair the National Cyber Security Summit's Corporate Governance Task Force, a public-private initiative organized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and leading industry associations, including the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), TechNet, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Coviello has spoken at numerous conferences and forums around the world, including the RSA Conference, 2003 National Cyber Security Summit and the Business Software Alliance's CEO Forum. Before joining RSA Security, Mr. Coviello served as chief operating officer for CrossComm Corporation, an internetworking company. He has also held various finance and management positions in graphics software and semiconductor equipment companies and has been directly involved in numerous public offerings, raising hundreds of millions of dollars in capital. In addition, he has served on a number of outside boards of directors, including NetScout Systems, an emerging high technology company. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche as a CPA. Mr. Coviello graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts. Profile
TWST: Can we start with an overview of RSA and how you see the company


Mr. Coviello: We are essentially in the business of turning a company's

identities into assets as opposed to