Microsoft Announces a New Security Chip Named Pluton for Windows PCs

Microsoft today announced a new security chip named Pluton for upcoming Windows PCs. Microsoft is working side by side with Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm for making this possible. The Pluton security processor will provide next-generation hardware security protection to Windows PCs through future chips from AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm.

This new security processor will make it significantly harder for attackers to realize access to the system, and it’ll also improve Microsoft’s ability to protect against physical attacks, prevent the theft of credential and encryption keys, and supply the power to get over software bugs.

Windows devices with Pluton will use the Pluton security processor to protect credentials, user identities, encryption keys, and personal data. None of this information can be removed from Pluton even if an attacker has installed malware or has complete physical possession of the PC,” David Weston, Director of Enterprise and OS Security at Microsoft, said in a blog post.

The Pluton security processor will appear in future solutions from AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm to guard credentials, user IDs, encryption keys, and private data. Also, Microsoft promises that your information is going to be secure with Pluton; albeit an attacker installs malware or gains complete physical control over the pc.

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Via Microsoft

This chip-to-cloud security design, because it is understood, was first trialed within the Xbox One and has also been deployed in Microsoft’s IoT security offering, Azure Sphere. Essentially, the architecture of the processor means encryption keys, credentials, and user identities are isolated from the remainder of the system, emulating the function of a standard TPM but removing the necessity to show data in transit.

With the effectiveness of the initial Pluton design we’ve learned a lot about how to use hardware to mitigate a range of physical attacks. Now, we are taking what we learned from this to deliver on a chip-to-cloud security vision to bring even more security innovation to the future of Windows PCs,” Microsoft added.