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Hardware-Aided Security Technolgy


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When Intel Corp. acquired McAfee last year it took that expertise and knowledge and created a new technology called DeepSafe. What it does in simple terms is create a "hardware-assisted" layer of protection that works between the Central Processing Unit and the Operating System. It monitors the Operating System for any changes caused by malware by utilizing features built into the processor itself. Intel is looking into incorporating DeepSafe technology into it's next generation of processors. Intel claims that this will give users greater protection against malware that is using increasingly complex root-kits that can go undetected by traditional anti-virus packages by infecting the Master Boot Record or the DOS language itself. " Vimal Solanki, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Intel, puts it this way. "When you operate below the operating system level you get a unique advantage point," he said. "You can monitor how the operating system is behaving and if there are any threats attempting to infect the OS itself." My personal belief is that this technology is a step in the right direction. It will provide an additional layer of protection but I don't think it's going to drastically change the way people protect their computers. There will be a place for traditional and cloud based (like Immunet) anti-virus products for the foreseeable future.

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