Collaboration between Microsoft and chip makers

Microsoft said on Tuesday that it has developed a security technology that chipmakers Intel and AMD intend to integrate into their personal computer processors. To enhance its ability to ward off hackers and cyber attacks.

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 use that weakness 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 will provide more consistency in personal computer security if the technology is used extensively.

It is reported that the advantage provided by chip security is superior to software-based protection, especially since physical access to the device is usually required for hacking, compared to the risk of a remote attack via the Internet. This has become more important than before during the COVID-19 pandemic; Because many company employees are working remotely with home appliances instead of working 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) – director and partner 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 use to break into.

Microsoft is trying to repurpose the 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.

Microsoft’s chip engineers were the ones who developed the technology, 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.

Microsoft’s product division head (Panos Panai) said: 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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