IBM unveils SecureBlue

IBM unveiled a major security overhaul Monday, saying it will "greatly increase" the security of consumer products, medical devices, government applications and digital media. Developed by IBM Research and codenamed "SecureBlue," the new technology aims to add mainframe-level security to devices, which was previously only available in secure data centers, the company said in a press release.

"SecureBlue protects the confidentiality and integrity of information on a device even from an adversary that has physical access to or physical control of the device," IBM said. "As the use of various forms of digital devices becomes increasingly widespread and more essential, information becomes more distributed and thus more vulnerable, this kind of strong security becomes increasingly important since devices can be lost, stolen or otherwise left behind."

The company said SecureBlue is a security architecture that can be built into a microprocessor chip that provides capabilities that have not been previously available in embedded processor products. It is designed to protect the security of microprocessor chips as well as the security of an entire microprocessor-based device. Because it is based on secure hardware rather than software techniques, IBM said it provides strong protection for secrets and strong defenses against reverse-engineering and tampering.

"With mainframe-inspired security, SecureBlue can be used to protect the confidentiality of all the information on a device including documents, presentations and software as well as the keys that are used for communications security or digital signatures," IBM said.

IBM Technology Collaboration Solutions group will work with clients and partners across several industries, including consumer electronics, medical, government and digital media to integrate SecureBlue into products. IBM Technology Collaboration Solutions will license the technology, provide engineering, collaboration and design services to implement SecureBlue into customer designs, and help manufacture the product for clients, IBM said.

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