IBM joins Microsoft, Intel in b-to-b e-commerce security group

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Armonk, N.Y.--IBM Corp. has joined the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance, an industry group dedicated to creating better security for b-to-b electronic-commerce transactions. IBM, the world's largest computer maker, joins Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash.; Intel Corp., Santa Clara, Calif.; and Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, Calif., in the alliance, according to Bloomberg News. As b-to-b e-commerce booms, security issues are increasingly taking center stage. Business-to-business trade on the Internet is expected to increase to $1.5 trillion in 2004, up from $39 billion in 1998, according to a recent report by Goldman Sachs & Co., New York.
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