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To combat viral threats McAfee is working with Intel to create new sophisticated ways of preventing attacks, combining software and hardware in the virtual war.

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Today’s cybercriminals are familiar with current operating systems and can easily create, navigate and implant viruses in smartphones, tablets and computers. McAfee and Intel are working together to create a new security paradigm, offering security beyond a computer’s operating system.

Their collaboration is called DeepSafe and combines hardware and software to create sophisticated security measures.

 “McAfee DeepSAFE uses hardware features already in the Intel processors to provide security beyond the OS,” said Todd Gebhart, co-president of McAfee.

DeepSafe technology allows for hardware-assisted security to provide viral protection from a deeper security footprint. Operating below the operating system, it can proactively detect and prevent advanced persistent threats (APT) and malware.

“From this unique vantage point, DeepSAFE can apply new techniques to deliver a whole new generation of protection in real time to prevent malicious activity and not just detect infections.”

Traditional security measures rely solely on software protection. By recruiting hardware in the war against viruses, traditional viruses will be easier to detect and remove.

 

“At McAfee our customers and partners trust us to help them stay ahead of the cybercriminals and keep their business protected,” said Michael DeCesare, co-president of McAfee.

“This technology and our joint collaboration with Intel is the next evolution of security and will enable McAfee to continue to be the trusted security provider to our largest and most complex customers.”

The announcement was made at the Intel Developer Forum held in San Francisco, and the technology is expected to be incorporated in next generation computers.

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