News & Announcements

Hardware Encryption Developed for New Computer Memory Technology

Security concerns are one of the key obstacles to the adoption of new non-volatile main memory (NVMM) technology in next-generation computers, which would improve computer start times and boost memory capacity. But now researchers from North Carolina State University have developed new encryption hardware for use with NVMM to protect personal information and other data.

NVMM technologies, such as phase-change memory, hold great promise to replace conventional dynamic random access memory (DRAM) in the main memory of computers. NVMM would allow computers to start instantly, and can fit more memory into the same amount of space used by existing technologies. However, NVMM poses a security risk.

Conventional DRAM main memory does not store data once the computer is turned off. That means, for example, that it doesn’t store your credit card number and password after an online shopping spree. NVMM, on the other hand, retains all user data in main memory even years after the computer is turned off.

This feature could give criminals access to your personal information or other data if your laptop or smart phone were stolen. And, because the data in the NVMM is stored in main memory, it cannot be encrypted using software. Software cannot manage main memory functions, because software itself operates in main memory.

NC State researchers have developed a solution using a hardware encryption system called i-NVMM. Continue reading…

Related Posts

Installing NGINX and NGINX Plus With Ansible This article was originally published by Kevin Jones on the official Nginx website. Ansible is an open source tool for IT configuration management,...
Hone your penetration testing skills using 70+ recipes from the Kali Linux Cookbook The latest edition of Kali Linux, Kali Linux 2016.1, or Kali Rolling, was released more than a week ago. For those new here, Kali Linux is a deskto...
Let’s Encrypt to offer free, automated and open SSL/TLS domain certificates Come Summer 2015, webmasters not already using SSL/TLS certificates to encrypt their website's traffic will be able to do so for free using a single p...
Knock: A Linux kernel patch for NAT-compatible, stealthy port knocking A Linux kernel patch that "implements a new NAT-compatible, TCP option for stealthy port knocking with a few new twists for improved security" has bee...
You’ll need a build a Linux kernel module to listen to Netcat’s latest album Netcat is a 4-person band based in Seattle, Washington (USA) that just released an album titled Cycles Per Instruction. The 4-person band includes thr...
$49 Android PC’s ROM, kernel and bootloader released It has just been announced that the ROM, kernel and bootloader for the APC (Android PC) are now available for public download. The APC is an initiativ...

We Recommend These Vendors and Free Offers

Launch an SSD VPS in Europe, USA, Asia & Australia on Vultr's KVM-based Cloud platform starting at $5:00/month (15 GB SSD, 768 MB of RAM).

Deploy an SSD Cloud server in 55 seconds on DigitalOcean. Built for developers and starting at $5:00/month (20 GB SSD, 512 MB of RAM).

Want to become an expert ethical hacker and penetration tester? Request your free video training course of Online Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

Whether you're new to Linux or are a Linux guru, you can learn a lot more about the Linux kernel by requesting your free ebook of Linux Kernel In A Nutshell.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*