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VeriSign and Intel partner for notebook security

VeriSign and Intel have announced they will be working together to make notebooks more secure by integrating VeriSign's digital certificates into Intel's Banias notebook processors.

Digital certificates are used in Internet transactions to verify the identities of users. VeriSign will tailor its certificates and its Personal Trust Agent to notebooks based on Banias processors. That will allow notebook manufacturers to place the company's security products directly onto notebooks in production.

With the digital certificates integrated into the hardware, it will be harder for hackers to steal them through networks, the companies said. Many remote users need hardware tokens to access corporate networks, but this will be eliminated by putting the digital certificates right onto the notebook's processor.

The companies said they had signed a multi-year agreement for the integration of digital certificates with hardware.

Banias will be released early next year.

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