back to article Hardware-assisted security poised for growth, says Intel

An Intel study finds that businesses are eager for cybersecurity and are keen to see how security can be baked into devices. Hardware-assisted security (HAS) uses hardware extensions and components to support the security of higher-level machine layers, from the BIOS up through desktop applications.  As a practice, HAS can …

  1. brainwrong

    Faster faster faster

    "Intel says security approaches like this are increasingly relevant as threats emerge faster"

    Does this approach allow the weaknesses in the implementation which are being exploited to be fixed faster?

  2. JimmyPage Silver badge

    TL;DR ?

    A USB stick on steriods ?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    welcome to the new world

    to think back in the 70's folk were saying the same thing, and industry so far has been unable to do anything much in hardware to, as they say "protects memory bounds and isolates app execution" - Intel, go read up on CHERI and the UK's Digital Security by Design programme. They are already sharing real chip prototypes with folk that delivery this and block around 70% of on going software vulnerabilities from exploit while letting devs isolate app execution with pointer level isolation.

  4. DevOpsTimothyC

    Intel study eats Microsoft's dogfood

    Apart from the "Don't trust Intel with their Management Engine" and "Isn't this the same lot that gave us both Spectre and Meltdown."

    To me the article seems to be an echo chamber of the marketing material for Windows 11 and its' must use TPM2.0

  5. Zolko Silver badge

    Isn't this a solution in search of a problem ?

    The first source of security breaches are the users themselves, what good does a secured-down hardware do there ? If you put a lock on every door of your house, you're not going to be more secure, someone will just disable all those annoying locks.

    Security is not a product, it's a process.

    1. ThatOne Silver badge
      Devil

      Re: Isn't this a solution in search of a problem ?

      > what good does a secured-down hardware do there ?

      It allows you to force the user to buy (new) stuff on your orders, no matter if they want, or can afford it. No more user choice, ie. loopholes, alternative uses and edge cases: Want to use an old retired PC for that home weather station of yours? No can do, you'll have to buy a brand new $2000 workstation for it. Pay up for our newest products, when we tell you, and as often as we tell you, or else.

      That's all it is about, you don't really believe they are at least concerned about security? Beyond the mandatory "We take the security of our clients very seriously" bit, that is?

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