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IBM launches new cybersecurity services

IBM on Monday announced comprehensive new security software products and services for large enterprises.

While many don’t realize it, computer security is actually a key part of IBM’s business. If the company were to spin off its security division, it would be the third-largest computer security company in the world after Symantec and Cisco Systems, according to analysis firm IDC in Framingham, Mass.

The first new product is the IBM Threat Protection System, a security system that offers one-stop protection against cyberthreats.

The second, Critical Data Protection, works to protect what IBM calls a company’s “crown jewels.” These would be such things as files containing information about acquisition and divestiture plants, board deliberations and intellectual property.

IBM has written software that searches for all the various places critical information might be stashed, copied and e-mailed, to make sure there are no vulnerable copies in the system, said Kristin Lovejoy, general manager of the IBM Security Services Division in the company’s McLean, Va., office.

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