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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.