VIA has announced the VIA PadLock RSA Module, which utilizes the strength and speed of the VIA PadLock Security Engine integrated into all VIA C7 family processors, to accelerate public key encryption such as RSA used in Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Designed to help in the fight against Internet fraud, the VIA PadLock RSA Module works by accelerating the process of public key authentication in Microsoft applications, thereby enabling users to utilize longer authentication keys, making it more difficult for computer criminals to break and so enhancing security in a wide range of Internet and network applications, such as online banking and e-commerce, says VIA. The VIA PadLock RSA Module works in PCs running Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Windows 2000 Professional, as well as servers with Windows Server "Longhorn", Windows Server 2003, or Windows 2000 Server, the company adds.
Once installed, all Microsoft applications which use RSA as standard or the default CSP (cryptographic service provider) can utilize the VIA PadLock RSA Module to offload some of the public key encryption process to the VIA PadLock Security Engine, a hardware security engine integrated into VIA C7 processors, accelerating the process by as much as 275%, claims VIA.
News source: DigiTimes