Intel and VeriSign are to work together to improve wireless security for corporate notebooks based on Intel’s upcoming Banias processor. The collaboration aims to deliver more secure notebooks via enhanced hardware-software optimizations between the two companies’ technologies.
Intel and VeriSign’s goal is to deliver a more secure computing environment, which will enable improved security enhanced remote access and messaging, single sign-on and trusted peer-to-peer computing in an enterprise computing environment.
Under the multi-year agreement between Intel and VeriSign, VeriSign will optimize its digital certificates and Personal Trust Agent (PTA) for future mobile computing platforms based on Intel’s next generation mobile processor, codenamed Banias. VeriSign’s PTA is software that transparently handles digital certificate functions, such as key management and storage, while providing a greatly enhanced experience for the end user. The collaboration will enable PC Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to integrate VeriSign’s PTA and digital certificates into Banias processor-based notebook PCs. This integration will provide IT managers with a platform that can be deployed with VeriSign’s Public Key Infrastructure services to enable strong authentication, authorization, digital signatures, encryption and more secure messaging.
By incorporating digital certificate functionality into TPM chips that support Banias processor-based notebook PCs, a user’s digital certificates and attributes can be stored in hardware, making it much more difficult to compromise the certificates and attributes via traditional network or Internet connections. This also transforms any TPM-enabled Banias processor-based notebook PC into a digital credential that can then be used to perform many e-business functions in the corporate IT environment, such as single sign-on, more secure remote access, and trusted peer-to-peer computing
VeriSign’s deal with Intel is the second of its kind, after the company signed a deal with Phoenix Technologies in earlier in 2002 to incorporated security technology into the PC Bios. It is thought the company is looking to forge similar alliances with a variety of silicon vendors.