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IBM Breaks Out the World's Most Secure Business PCs

IBM Delivers Hardware and Software for Unprecedented e-business Transaction Security

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ArchiTECH, AUSTIN, Texas - 28 Sep 1999: . . . IBM* today announced the world's most secure commercial PCs, making it that much tougher for unauthorized users to access personal data, even if a PC is hacked into or stolen. The new IBM models feature leading-edge technologies such as an industry-first embedded security chip on the motherboard, and smart card access and encryption. These technologies will give customers additional levels of security and protection for the data and information they work with on their PCs.

Available on new models of the IBM PC 300PL commercial systems, the new IBM Client Security Solutions offer businesses several ways to protect confidential files, internal networks and Internet transactions.

"As more client devices utilize the Internet for business-to-business transactions, secure, verifiable data from the client becomes a priority for the implementation of e-business," said Joseph Ferlazzo, vice president, syndicated services, Technology Business Research. "However, such utilization also drives the risk of data corruption back down to the client, so businesses need to know that they are operating with a stable platform and secure data."

In a business world increasingly influenced by the Internet, data security and information protection has never been more important. The number of customers conducting e-business transactions has risen dramatically. According to IDC for example, the number of people in the U.S. participating in at least one on-line banking function, such as reviewing deposits, transferring money between accounts, and paying bills rose to 12.4 million in 1999 from 1.4 million in 1996, and that number is expected to surpass 18 million by the end of the year. In the business world, those numbers are multiplied many times over.

According to the fourth annual "Computer Crime and Security Survey(1)," more than 62 percent of respondents reported computer security breaches within the last twelve months. Of these security breaches, 55 percent was unauthorized access by company insiders and 30 percent was system penetration by outsiders.

To a lesser extent is actual hardware theft a widespread problem for most customers. While the theft of a PC or mobile computer is inconvenient and costly, the theft or compromise of the actual data is a far greater exposure, and IBM's new security technologies introduced today are designed to help customers better protect the information that runs their business.

"IBM is providing customers with several levels of technology that can increase information security and improve ease of use based on existing, industry security protocols," said Phil Hester, chief technology officer, IBM Personal Systems Group. "Businesses can now confidently provide authorized users with access to information and roll-out new applications in a secure way, without compromising user privacy. E-business transactions depend on trust, and these solutions are designed to reinforce it."

New IBM PC 300PL
The new IBM PC 300PL models announced today feature the unique embedded Security Chip on the system board. The embedded Security Chip is a cryptographic microprocessor that supports functions such as key encryption for privacy and digital signatures for authentication or user identification. Requiring the embedded Security Chip and proper PIN code, the new IBM Client Security Solutions provides two levels of security.

There are several benefits to the embedded Security Chip including:

-- digital keys are encrypted and stored using the embedded Security Chip

-- e-mail messages can be signed with a digital signature assuring the receiver of the sender's identity

-- the keys used to encrypt the e-mail messages are securely sent to the receiver using Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) key exchange

-- private key operations such as digital signatures and key exchange are executed within the embedded Security Chip

-- secure data encryption protects against improper access to confidential material located on your PC or networked file server

-- support for privacy -- the user controls personalization and trust relationships, and no identification number is placed on the PC

In addition, new IBM PC 300PL models offer integrated client-based authentication and authorization policy software, User Verification Manager (UVM). The UVM utility is an application that is used to set up user identity and determine access rights and privileges. The policy is created by IBM Policy Director* software and distributed to the client, which can then operate independently from the network.

Another security feature that IBM will market is an IPSec Network Interface Card with Wake on LAN* and Alert on LAN*2 functionality, providing customers with added protection for sensitive data without compromising manageability. Internet Protocol Security is the newest technology to emerge from the IBM/Intel Advanced Manageability Alliance, which continues to deliver the latest standards-based solutions to the market.

New PC 300PL systems feature IBM's industry leading manageability tools such as Universal Manageability Services (UM services), an overall management application designed in conjunction with Tivoli to keep the systems that run a business, running smoothly. UM Services includes Asset ID*, an asset deployment, tracking and security tool, and SMART Reaction*, software that automatically backs up the customer's data on the hard drive if the system's error-predicting hard drives foresees a failure, thus averting disaster before valuable business information can be compromised.

By adding today's desktop security initiatives to its existing stable of proven enterprise security solutions, such as IBM SecureWay Software, IBM has extended its security offerings to include the desktop PC, which for most customers is the greatest challenge in the data protection and information management chain. The new IBM PC 300PL models are designed to help customers meet that challenge.

New IBM PC 300GL
In addition, to the IBM PC 300PL, IBM also announced the IBM PC 300GL, which features the latest Intel processors up to 600MHz(2), with 133MHz front side bus, in a 4x4 micro-tower or 4x4 desktop configuration. It's equipped with a SR9 AGP 4X video subsystem with S3 Savage4 Xtreme graphics and a new Digital Visual Interface (DVI) protocol to support high-performance monitors.

The IBM PC 300GL is designed for commercial PC customers who are looking for a combination of price/performance, at a more entry-level price point, yet require the flexibility and features that the muscular IBM PC 300GL has to offer.

New IBM SmartCard Security Kit
IBM also introduced an optional IBM SmartCard Security Kit* for desktop PCs that do not contain the embedded Security Chip, such as the IBM PC 300GL. The IBM SmartCard Security Kit helps protect customers against information theft and unauthorized access to data, networks, and the Internet. The IBM SmartCard Security Kit includes security software, a smart card and a smart card reader. Requiring an authorized smart card and proper PIN code, the IBM SmartCard Security Kit provides two levels of security.

Users simplyinsert a personalized smart card and type in a 4 thru 8 digit PIN to gain access to the system. To disable access, the user removes the smart card preventing access to the system and prompting a secure screen saver. The IBM SmartCard Security Kit also offers advanced functions, such as autoencryption at the directory, or sub-directory level, encrypted data exchange to secure and non-secure systems, digital signature/digital certificate support and it is "softID" ready for network management control. The IBM SmartCard Security Kit is compatible with most desktop PCs.

Pricing
Estimated reseller prices(3) for the new IBM models announced today start as low as:

IBM PC 300PL, 500 MHz, Pentium** III, 100 MHz front side bus, 64 MB, 10.1 GB hard drive $1,349
IBM PC 300GL, 450 MHz, Pentium III, 100 MHz front side bus, 64 MB, 10.1 GB(4) hard drive $1,019
IBM Smart Card Security Kit $169


For more information visit the IBM PC Web site at http://www.pc.ibm.com

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* Trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corp.

**Trademark or registered trademark of Intel Corp.

(1) The fourth annual "Computer Crime and Security Survey" was conducted by the Computer Security Institute (CSI) with the participation of the San Francisco Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Computer Intrusion Squad. Results of the survey were disclosed in March 1999 and are currently available on http://www.gocsi.com

(2) MHz only measures microprocessor internal clock speed, not application performance; many factors affect application performance.

(3) Resellers set their own prices, so actual prices may vary.

(4) GB equals one billion bytes when referring to hard disk drive space capacity. Available capacity may vary.

Contact(s) information

Ray Gorman
IBM
919-254-7037
rgorman@us.ibm.com