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Baltimore Technologies, a private information security company based in Dublin, Ireland, announced Tuesday it will begin introducing its Internet security technology in Japan and Asia through a partnership with Japan’s NSJ Corporation, a company specializing in Internet-related consulting.

Together, the two companies plan to focus on supplying cryptography and digital certificate technology to Japanese corporations.

Japan may lag behind the United States and Europe in terms of Internet use now, but this is quickly changing, said Paddy Holahan, Baltimore’s vice president of business development, at a Tokyo press conference. Increased use of the Internet “is fueling growth in security,” he said. “The Internet must be secured before e-commerce and enterprise systems can be relied on.”

Japan can use its slow advancement in the field of Internet security to its advantage by learning from the trials and errors of other countries, he added. Baltimore currently supplies Internet security software in more than 30 countries and to such organizations as Lehman Brothers, Dow Jones and the European Union.

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