Intel introduces computer security effort

Intel Corp. has announced a new security technology aimed at foiling hackers trying to steal information transmitted over the Web.

Intel President Paul Otellini unveiled the new initiative, which is code-named LaGrande Technology, at its Intel Developer Forum in San Jose Monday.

"If we are going to enable convergence, if we are going to enable the promise of e-business, we have to be able to have a more secure environment," Otellini said. "Hardware strengthening to this is critical."

According to Intel, LaGrande creates a safer computing environment by protecting data typed into a keyboard, displayed on a monitor and stored in memory.

"LaGrande delivers a hardware-based foundation for security," Otellini said. "It includes protected execution, protected memory and protected storage."

Otellini said Intel is working with privacy experts as well as its business partners to ensure that the company finds the best way to protect data.

He said LaGrande will work with Microsoft's Palladium security initiative, which was announced earlier this year. Palladium will marry hardware and software security inside every Windows PC.

An Intel spokeswoman said the company isn't providing any more information about LaGrande at this time.

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