Intel to embed security in business computers
Viruses, Trojans and hackers have made
security an important issue in enterprises. The requirement for security solutions
has increased and manufacturers or developers are thinking of new approaches
to deal with information security threats. Intel for one wants to embed security
in motherboards that will be used in business computers. It has partnered with
a software company for this initiative.
Under the agreement Wave Systems will supply
software to enable a chip that handles security functions, called the Trusted
Platform Module (TPM). The chip will be included on an Intel motherboard that's
expected in the fourth quarter.
With the TPM, users will be able to encrypt
or decrypt documents as well as ensure that they get stored in secure areas
on a PC's hard drive. The TPM specification was designed by the Trusted Computing
Group, an industry consortium trying to establish for security. Members include
Advanced Micro Devices, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel and Microsoft.
Systems with embedded security are likely
be adopted by white box PC manufacturers. These are dealers who custom-build
PCs for regional markets. Small and medium-sized businesses are the primary
customers for these outlets.