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In an attempt to further diversify its offerings away from just hardware products, IBM has started to promote its internet security unit among clients.

At the center of this process is its month-old X-Force Exchange threat intelligence network, which promotes information sharing and has “already attracted more than 1,000 companies in 16 industries that are sharing threat intelligence.” Participating companies gain access to IBM’s database of attack information that has been built up over the last 20 years, as well as anonymous data from other participating companies.

“The more you share, the greater you’ll be protected,” said IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. Rometty has also come out in support of information sharing and liability protection legislation, arguing “we all have to advocate that laws get passed that you can share data without liability issues, you have some protection in doing that.”

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