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IBM creates global security services division

IBM has launched a global division to focus on security, safety and privacy.

The IBM Global Services Safety and Security Practice brings together more than 3,000 IBM consultants and 100 researchers who work in safety and security, said Rusine Mitchell-Sinclair, general manager of the new division.

The division will cater for a range of services, including intrusion detection, biometrics and vulnerability assessment.

Mitchell-Sinclair said that IBM needed to create a new practice within its services division because the company's customers are beginning to view security, safety and privacy as enterprise-wide issues.

IBM also announced the creation of a corporate-level office - the office of Global Security Solutions - to oversee the new security services.

The company also announced a new security and e-business partnership with the risk analysis consultancy, Kroll. The companies will provide a security protection package, including physical and computer security assessments as well as long-range plans to prevent intrusions and espionage.

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