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Pinkerton's fortifies alliance

Pinkerton's, a 146-year-old security company, is teaming with quiet Science Applications International Corporation to offer security services to business customers.

Pinkerton's, a 146-year-old security company known best for securing industrial sites, is teaming with quiet Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to offer security services to business customers.

The two-year partnership, which can be renewed, gives clients 24-hour access to security services designed to thwart internal and external threats both in the physical world and online. It targets thieves who steal from high-tech firms as well as hackers who penetrate financial networks and disrupt electronic commerce.

In the "one-stop shop" partnership, both parties have network security experience. Pinkerton's will be particularly active in the physical realm, including the security of computer hardware handling sensitive transactions.

The partnership continues a high-tech push by Pinkerton's, which is based in Encino, California. Since January, it has acquired ten systems integration firms in an attempt to boost its capabilities in electronic security.

The joint service will help identify and assess security risks, design security solutions and countermeasures, and implement data security measures using access controls, firewalls, and encryption.

The alliance will draw on SAIC's 22,000 employees scattered around the world and Pinkerton's work force of 45,000 in North America, Mexico, Europe, and Asia.

Also today, Pinkerton's announced "Officer 2000," a prototype security officer who, using technology from Rockwell, is equipped with high-tech gadgetry including a voice-controlled, Pentium-based computer that a security guard wears on a belt or shoulder strap.