Safe Chips Anyone?

Last week saw the announcement that chip giant Intel is to procure McAfee in a £5bn deal.  With this came many intriguing comments and questions about how Intel will utilize the deep engineering skills at McAfee as well as the large brand loyalty created by many of the anti-virus and anti-malware products now at their disposal.

Intel have commented that they see the coming months and years as a critical point in the cybersecurity landscape with increasing attention now being placed on protection at the hardware, software and applications level.

Security at the desktop level has primarily been focused on virus and malware protection for the last 12-14 years since the large Windows based virus's from the late 90's.  In addition, firewall protection also became apparent at the desktop level, with many desktop operating systems now providing a basic software based firewall.

However with the increasing focus on Cloud Computing and anything-as-a-service, security at the stack level is becoming more prominent.

Are Your Chips Safe...?


In addition, many chips used in mobile technology such as smart phones and even reading devices, may require additional protection due to the perceived lack of protection at a software level for such devices.

An interesting acquisition which will undoubtedly start to alter the market place in CY11.