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Start-ups lean hard on CPU-based security technology to protect virtual environments

Ellen Messmer | July 16, 2013
Start-up PrivateCore among the latest to rely on Intel Sandy Bridge CPU for security features.

At processor manufacturer and Intel rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Ron Perez is senior fellow and senior director of security architecture. He discussed some of AMD's latest steps to optimize AMD CPU for security purposes.

The rise of mobile computing and electronic payments is leading to an era where hardware-based processing can help protect transactions. Perez says AMD has licensed a technology called TrustZone from ARM that was developed to secure mobile payments and streamed content. TrustZone has won support from several third-party vendors.

Last December, the joint-venture firm Trustonic was announced by three partners, ARM, security firm Gemalto and security company Giesecke & Devrient, which is active in the financial industry, to put forward crypto technology embed in integrated circuits that can be turned on to enable many types of security functions. Companies supporting Trustonic include Symantec, Samsung  and MasterCard International.

"We're going to include it in our processors going forward," says Perez about ARM's TrustZone technology. "We wanted an open approach as opposed to a proprietary approach."


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