Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/1998/09/29/intelsymantec_deal_begs_questions_about/

Intel-Symantec deal begs questions about primitives

What happens when security is on the chip?

By Mike Magee

Posted in Business, 29th September 1998 13:07 GMT

A deal between Symantec and Intel has begged questions about the security strategy of the chip giant. At the Intel Developer Forum two weeks ago, Pat Gelsinger, senior VP responsible for business platforms, announced that his company would incorporate hardware primitives into future chips. Those, said Intel at the time, would not only give truly random numbers but also incorporate other security features, including encryption and 10 other primitives. That begs the question as to why Intel sold its anti-virus software to Symantec. A statement from Symantec said that it had bought Intel's anti-virus product line, while Aled Miles, the company's European sales director, said that the product will now be recommended to customers by the chip giant. "Intel anti-virus software represents about seven per cent of the worldwide market," he said. ® Click here for more stories