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EDS Combats Cyber Crime

If e-commerce firms can not convince skeptical consumers that their online goods and serves are secure, the holiday shopping season on the horizon could flat-line online sales this year.

At least that's the theory behind Electronic Data Systems Corp. addition of cyber-security services to its high-tech portfolio Tuesday.

The IT consulting firm launched its Global Information Assurance Services Group, tasked with delivering a range of security services designed to combat cyber crime on the Net.

Dick Brown, EDS chairman and chief executive officer, said concern for security is a significant impediment to realizing the full potential in the Digital Economy."

"EDS has been protecting information for its clients since it founded the IT services industry more than 35 years ago," Brown said. "There is no company today whose offerings in the area of cyber security are more comprehensive."

The Global EDS Information Assurance Services group consists of information assurance teams from around the world. The new organization offers security services encompassing network architecture security reviews, intellectual property theft, and credit card fraud on the Internet.

In order to develop online sales for its e-commerce clients, EDI security task force will perform risk assessments, network system audits, security policy reviews, training, monitoring, and compliance services in order to illuminate their Web vulnerabilities.

EDS tapped IT security veteran Shakil Kidwai, to lead its new cyber crime fighting business unit. Kidwai said its focus is takes an enterprise-wide view of security issues.

"The best way to ensure a 24x7, year-round defense of IT systems is to provide an active, ongoing solution to the problem," Kidwai said. "EDS is the leading systems integrator for client security needs through our partnerships with the foremost product vendors in the information assurance marketplace."

EDS' end-to-end portfolio of services integrates four business lines together to provide 9,000 worldwide clients with management consulting, e-solutions, business process management and information solutions services.

In a year that saw some of the Internet's best known sites almost wiped off the Web by denial of service attacks and widespread e-mail virus proliferation, e-commerce companies should make cyber-security a top priority this year.

EDI believes the real risk for e-commerce firms is if they fail to respond to consumers security concerns. An EDS/Information Technology Association of America survey indicated that more than 60 percent of respondents are less likely to do business over the Internet because they fear falling victim to online crime.