IBM looks to secure online data

Tuesday, 28 October 2003, 8:43 AM EST

With the arrangement, IBM said Monday that it will be able to help businesses protect customer privacy and shield themselves against liability. Big Blue will base the service on Watchfire's technology to automatically spot threats to identity information.

"The ability to monitor, manage and mitigate the risks related to privacy breaches...can help firms avoid potential customer backlash and litigation," Harriet Pearson, chief privacy officer for IBM, said in a statement.

Recent incidents and legislation have thrust identity management and data protection into the spotlight.

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