IBM builds low-cost encryption system

IBM has developed a low-cost system for securing sensitive information held on digital media, medical devices, defence systems and consumer products.

IBM has developed a low-cost system for securing sensitive information held on digital media, medical devices, defence systems and consumer products.

Codenamed Secure Blue, the technology can be built into a processor, making it more effective than some software encryption systems, said IBM.

It was developed by IBM Research to encrypt confidential information, including documents, presentations and software, as well as the keys that are used to secure communications, or digital signatures. Secure Blue is designed to prevent their unauthorised use, even if a malicious user has physical access to or control of the device, said IBM.

IBM said Secure Blue was the first technology to make encryption affordable to buyers of low-cost, relatively low-performance electronics such as mobile phones and PDAs.

IBM Technology Collaboration Solutions plans to work with users and partners across consumer electronics, medical, government and digital media industries to integrate Secure Blue into products and IT systems.

“Security is the highest priority in the datacentre and in a secure network, but it is only half the equation. To have a truly secure system, security must be addressed end to end, from the datacentre all the way to the end-user,” said Charles Palmer, manager security and privacy at IBM Research.

“Secure Blue has the potential to be a security ‘seal of approval’ in industries such as consumer, medical, government and defence and digital media,” he said.

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