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Local Tech Wire

A roundup of the latest high-tech and life science news from regional firms:

  • IBM building for new generation of mainframes

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — IBM Corp. has built a $30 million project at Poughkeepsie, refitting an existing building for a new role in making the next generation of mainframes and high-end Unix servers, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported Tuesday.

The updated building has recently been put to use making the first new, but as-yet-unannounced, models for testing.

The investment shows IBM Poughkeepsie still has a future in making "big iron" computers, though officials say it does not mean additional jobs, just continued work locally.

  • Secure Enterprise Computing gets assessor certification

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Secure Enterprise Computing, Inc., a computer security systems integration firm, has been approved as a qualified security assessor by the PCI Security Standards Council.

The PCI Data Security Standard is endorsed by: American Express, Discover Financial, JCB, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa International. It requires merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment-card data to adopt information security controls and processes to ensure data integrity.

The certification means Secure Enterprise Computing is certified to help merchants manage data security risks, evaluate the security of their systems that store payment account data and assist them in achieving compliance with the PCI DSS, the company said in announcing its achievement.

Certification enables the company to compete nationally for business, it said.