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RSA refers to a data security company and a popular public-key cryptography scheme developed by the founders of the company.

RSA Security was founded in 1982 by the inventors of the RSA public-key cryptosystem, Rivest, Shamir, and Adleman. Today, millions of copies of RSA encryption and authentication technologies are installed worldwide. The RSA scheme is discussed under "Public-Key Cryptography." Related topics include "PKI (Public-Key Infrastructure)" and "Certificates and Certification Systems."

RSA technologies are part of existing and proposed standards for the Internet and World Wide Web, ITU (International Telecommunications Union), ISO (International Organization for Standardization), ANSI (American National Standards Institute), and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), as well as business, financial, and electronic commerce networks around the globe. The company develops and markets platform-independent developers' kits and end-user products, and also provides comprehensive cryptographic consulting services.

The company was acquired by Security Dynamics in 1996, but the name RSA Security was retained.

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