After Intel’s acquisition, McAfee Finally Brings Hardware Security Closer
While Intel had lingered comparatively indefinable about its announcement of the $ 7.7 billion takeovers of McAfee just over a year ago, many observers saw the initiative as a way of bringing the logical security of the equipment. A strategy with multiple perspectives: have additional arguments against ARM in the field of mobility and lock its positions in the traditional markets of PCs and servers, in particular. An expected rapprochement, therefore, and which materializes today with the announcement of the DeepSafe technology. McAfee has taken advantage of the opening of the Intel Developer Forum, currently taking place in San Francisco, to announce the DeepSafe technology.
In a statement as grandiloquent as it should be, the publisher explains “redesign the industry” with its new technology, “combining the power of hardware with that of software to create much more sophisticated ways to prevent attacks.” And to point out heavy threats that “cybercriminals know how to bypass the current security devices residing above the operating system.” A situation that requires, in his eyes, “a new paradigm: security beyond the system operating.”
In fact, with DeepSafe, it’s about installing the security below, closer to the hardware “by taking advantage of the security features already offered by Intel processors.” Which does not mean that McAfee hears to make a cross on the software running in the operating system? No, for the publisher, it’s about creating security software solutions with hardware support – which paves the way for “new innovative protection technologies, including the detection and prevention of APTs and malware. Many APTs rely on stealthy techniques such as rootkits that can integrate directly with the operating system to guard against conventional security devices. ”
And by placing a new layer of security under the operating system, McAfee believes that it can monitor the memory, processor registers, and their activity and that of other hardware components. An idea that unites the idea behind VMware vSafe APIs for securing virtualized environments. On the difference that it is a question of tackling, there, the question of the physical machines. The parallel is even less incongruous that DeepSafe relies on Intel VTx technology, the same one that provides hardware support for virtualization. For now, McAfee has demonstrated effective protection against a rootkit, Agony, preventing it from infecting a system in real time. The first software tools to take advantage of DeepSafe should be those of McAfee’s Endpoint Security platform.
This presentation of DeepSafe appears as the confirmation of what many felt at the time of the announcement of the acquisition of McAfee by Intel: it was well to bring the logical security of the material. And so what if McAfee does not answer the question of whether the creation of DeepSafe was the motivation for its purchase by Intel. This merger is not without interest for the founder, starting with strengthening its positions in its traditional markets servers and PCs.
But McAfee also provides a half-hearted confirmation of the ambitions envisioned during the announcement of this operation: strengthen Intel’s positions in the market of mobile terminals against ARM by offering a platform integrating security functions. And so, McAfee says that if DeepSafe works with Windows 7, and will support Windows 8, it “evaluates the potential of [its] technology for Android.”Tags: cloud Tech