The Intel Developer Forum finally offered a look at the company's long-awaited next step in computer security, according to InformationWeek.
Data security has become an increasingly important topic for many consumers as more personal and financial details move to potentially vulnerable electronic formats. At the same time, the technology used in viruses and spyware has grown more sophisticated, moving to deeper levels of processing.
"Security threats are moving down (into the computer system) to the point where they create a malicious program that users click on, but it's also infecting the operating system, the virtualiziation layer, and even software layers below that," Vimal Solanki, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Intel, told CNET.
McAfee DeepSafe looks to implement anti-virus protocols at these deeper levels. Intel hopes the move could offer its chips an advantage over potentially faster rivals, but InformationWeek notes that many experts are skeptical of whether the new technology will contribute beyond current anti-virus standards.
The idea could prove attractive, particularly to the business world, as the Ponemon Institute released data suggesting that every data breach cost an average of $7.2 million.