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IBM bakes security into processors

http://news.com.com/2100-7355_3-6059...9276&subj=news

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Researchers at IBM have come up with a way to hardwire encryption technology into a microprocessor, promising a more secure way to store data.

IBM plans to announce availability of the new technology, dubbed Secure Blue, on Monday. The Armonk, N.Y.-based company envisions its idea and technology will be used in digital media players, electronic organizers, cell phones, computers and devices used by the government and the medical and financial industries.

With Secure Blue, data is encrypted and decrypted as it runs through a processor, according to IBM. It is maintained encrypted in the device memory, or RAM. One of the few times data would not be scrambled is when it is actually displayed.
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Secure Blue requires a few circuits to be added to a microprocessor, taking up a small percentage of the overall silicon real estate, according to IBM. The encryption and decryption happens on-the-fly, without any processor overhead, the company said.

The hardwired security technology can be used for multiple purposes, not all of which necessarily serve the device owner. It can protect data when a person's computer or device is lost, stolen or hacked, for example. But content owners can also use it for enforcement of copyright, called digital rights management (DRM), which critics have called a scourge to user freedom.
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The idea of hardware-based security is not new. Millions of laptops already contain a chip called a Trusted Platform Module, or TPM, which offers protected storage of encryption keys, passwords and digital certificates. The idea of the TPM is also coming to servers and mobile phones.
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That sounds stupid. It'll slow things down... PLUS it supports DRM and I hate them...
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People who are looking for security arn't playing FEAR.... They are just crunching numbers. The lag from this won't affect their Blue Gene supercomputers!
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Originally Posted by pauldovi
People who are looking for security arn't playing FEAR.... They are just crunching numbers. The lag from this won't affect their Blue Gene supercomputers!
Lol, very true.
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Nevermind
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DRM is step one...VM and pay per use computing is next. Why own when you can rent....lol
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