Microsoft is collaborating with chip makers to enhance computer security

Microsoft is collaborating with chip makers to enhance computer security

She said a company Microsoft today Tuesday: It has developed a security technology that chipmakers Intel and AMD intend to integrate into personal computer processors to enhance their ability to ward off hackers and cyberattacks.

Intel and AMD said that the chips equipped with the new technology – which Microsoft calls Pluton – will be ready within the next few years. Qualcomm has expressed support for this approach, but declined to say it intends to integrate the technology into its chips.

Microsoft and chip companies have been seeking for years to find ways to enhance computer protection by securing important information, such as passwords and security certificates in devices, making it difficult for hackers to exploit vulnerabilities in a single computer program or part of the device; And using that vulnerability to control the entire device.

Microsoft’s design will be embedded directly in the main computer processor, making it more difficult to penetrate personal computers and laptops, and it will provide more consistency in personal computer security if the technology is used widely.

The advantage that on-chip security provides over the software-based protection is reported to be that physical access to a device is usually required for hacking, compared to the risk of a remote attack over the Internet. This became even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic, because many of the company’s employees are working remotely with home appliances instead of behind the company’s firewalls.

“You’re talking now about a few people in the world who have the tools and experience” to hack a system that uses Microsoft’s new technology, said (David Weston) – Associate Director who works on enterprise and operating system security at Microsoft.

Even when chips are currently used to protect passwords and other basic information, they are often disconnected from a PC’s CPU. By making those chips into the CPU itself, hackers will not be able to discover the link between the security chip and the CPU, which is a link that hackers may sometimes exploit to break into.

Microsoft is trying to repurpose technology used in its Xbox gaming platforms, which now protect against hacking devices to use games that were not paid for, to make attacks on Windows PCs more difficult.

The technology was developed by Microsoft’s chip engineers, and they are a team of engineers that grew as the company became involved in designing custom processors and developing products such as Xbox and the company’s HoloLens augmented reality glasses.

And he said Microsoft Chief Product Officer (Panos Panay): The company plans to continue its expansion in the chip business, but it is unlikely to focus on general-purpose chips, such as those produced by Intel, AMD and Qualcomm.

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