Monday, April 10, 2006

IBM launches security on a chip

IBM is launching a technology which embedds security on PDA's and cellphones to better enable companies to protect data on the move. As more and more secure information is held on mobile and portable devices companies have found that these have now become their weakest point. Too much data now resides on these devices and not on servers alone.

IBM's new technology is called "SecureBlue" and it hard-wires encryption capabilities into a section of the central processor chip, giving a hardware solution that is faster and more efficient than existing security software. IBM hopes to license the technology to chipmakers.

This is good news for corporate IT managers and one that no doubt will get Intel and AMD to take small device security on chips much more seriously.

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