Encryption is computationally very expensive, but the growing threat of data loss is putting pressure on companies to implement greater security. When it comes to internet security, most corporations don’t think to look to cryptoprocessors. New chips like Cavium’s NITROX III have overcome barriers that will make cryptoprocessors a viable security solution.
A cryptoprocessor is a piece of hardware that can be used to encrypt data that is transmitted on the internet. Corporations with large data centers or high traffic websites have the cost of implementing encryption in mind both in terms of highly skilled labor and energy.
Cavium’s NITROX III chip can process data between 5 and 40 Gbps. MIT’s Technology Review notes that the chip has 64 cores whereas the previous one had eight and can “process more than twice as much data using the same amount of energy.”
There are other cryptoprocessors, but Cavium’s is at the top in terms of performance. Cryptoprocessors have commonly been used in the world of finance for payment processing, but are now becoming viable security solutions for the web. The larger movement towards greater internet security, which is epitomized by projects like HTTPS Everywhere, will certainly continue to encourage the development of unique solutions to internet security.