Symantec and Intel developing security chips

Symantec and Intel are jointly developing security products that could be built into tiny computer microprocessors, Symantec Vice President Rowan Trollope has revealed.

Symantec and Intel developing security chips

The program, dubbed Project Hood, is part of an effort by both companies to expand their use of virtualisation technology, using software to replicate entire computer systems.

They are developing software security “appliances” that would work with virtualisation technology that Intel is already incorporating into its chips, Trollope claims.

Instead of designing the security software to run on Windows or another operating system, Symantec and Intel are building it so it can directly interact with the Intel chips.

“It runs underneath and alongside the operating system,” Trollope says.

The companies are developing the products for use on servers and business desktop computers, though they may eventually expand the effort to consumer PCs, he adds.

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