Science @ Avira

Science projects help Avira shape its future – like the ITES Project. It started 2 years ago and will be completed by the end of the year. Here’s a sneak peek into the future of computer architecture…

It is well known that classical computer architectures were not designed with security in mind. We intend to change that. The ITES project is creating a system purposefully built for high-security environments.

The current ITES system deploys verified compartments via Virtual Machines for different tasks. A compartment contains an operating system and the required programs (e.g. email client). Each compartment has restricted permissions that are unique. For example the browser compartment does not have access to the business plan, so if an exploited browser is running on a different OS than the email client, which has access to critical information, the impact of an attack is reduced.

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