Intel working on zero-day proof security system

Intel is working on a security system that is zero-day proof, according to Intel’s Chief Technology Officer, Justin Rattner, and it could be ready by the end of this year.

Intel is still being tight-lipped about its security project, which has been the source of mounting speculation since the company acquired security software firm McAfee for $7.68 billion in August of last year.

While Rattner was keen to not spill the beans completely on Intel’s security system, he gave plenty of hints about what we can expect. One thing is certain: it will be hardware-based, but may also have a software element.

Intel was also working on this long before the McAfee deal, he said, but he did not confirm or deny that McAfee is involved in the project. It appears likely that it is and that this project was the reason McAfee came onto Intel’s radar in the first place.

The security system also won’t depend on signatures, like traditional anti-malware. Rattner said that the old approach means that if you haven’t encountered an attack before then it simply goes unnoticed. Intel’s approach will be “radically different,” he added, raising hopes for a better solution to the growing malware threat.

“We’ve found a new approach that stops the most virulent attacks,” he said in an interview with Computerworld. “It will stop zero-day scenarios. Even if we’ve never seen it, we can stop it dead in its tracks.”

That’s a lot of big expectations, which Intel may be unable to deliver on, but if it manages to pull off an answer to zero-day attacks it could secure a major advantage over competitors on the market.

Rattner said that he hopes to see the technology ready this year.