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IBM Provides Open Tools at No Charge to Fight Security Breaches

Company Aims to Have Companies Build Security Into Applications

IBM has announced new software to help customers and software developers build security into their business applications. The security tools are available to users at no charge.

The new technologies allow users to automatically develop secure applications as they are added into the IT infrastructure and encrypt business information with no human interaction, saving companies significant time and money.

Nearly 60 percent of U.S. businesses believe that cybercrime is more costly to them than physical crime, IBM says, and also says that the FBI estimates that cybercrime cost US organizations more than $62 billion in 2005.

Developed at IBM Research Labs, the new offerings allow developers to take a proactive approach to ensure that applications are secure from the onset versus going through the timely and costly steps of securing applications once bugs and breaches have been detected. These new emerging technologies better secure business applications from their inception, providing increased security for Java applications and automated encryption of information shared across networks.

"Security has become top of mind among corporate software developers, independent software vendors and academia, as data protection has become a key boardroom issue," said Buell Duncan, General Manager, IBM Developer Relations. "Whether it is the theft of credit card information from a retail Web site, or the pilfering of private employee data from corporate data sources, all companies are at risk of having their business and reputation impacted by hackers and malicious internal users."

The new software offerings include:

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