NZ too small for specialist security division - IBM

New Zealand is too small to benefit from a new specialist division focusing on security, safety and privacy, admits IBM. But Big Blue says most of its services are already available here.

New Zealand is too small to benefit from a new specialist division focusing on security, safety and privacy, admits IBM. But Big Blue says most of its services are already available here.

IBM last week announced the creation of its Global Services Safety and Security practice that globally brings together over 3000 IBM security and safety consultants, plus 100 researchers.

Overseas, the new division will offer intrusion detection, biometrics, vulnerability assessment and other security offerings. IBM’s services division already offers customers security and privacy assessments, planning and design and implementation and management services.

An IBM New Zealand spokesman says biometrics aside, IBM’s local staff or contractors already offer the above services. And if biometrics experts were needed, the giant could source them from overseas.

Last week, IBM also announced the creation of a Global Security Solutions office to oversee the new security services and Big Blue announced a security and e-business partnership with US-based Kroll to further boost security offerings, including long term plans to prevent intrusion and espionage.

Last month, Microsoft New Zealand announced its Strategic Technology Protection Program (STPP), includes an online Security Tool Kit that contains a lockdown tool for Windows 2000 Server’s Internet Information Services (IIS) and extended customer support. Other initiatives including automatic security updates form part of STPP.

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