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AMD CEO Calls Security Flaws a 'Wakeup Call' for Chipmakers

January 07, 2017 00:00 AM UTC
- Updated September 02, 2020 11:17 AM UTC

Lisa Su joined Fortune at CES 2019.

There were a number of fundamental chip flaws found in a bunch of computer chips. Primarily, I think they affected intel. But some of them did affect AMD. I'm wondering how you have addressed the ones that have affected AMD and also what processes you've implemented to secure your tech in the future? You know, a year ago at CES, security had just-- you know, there was a whole conversation around meltdown and Specter and some of the new side channel exploits came out. And look. You know, when you're pushing the edge, sometimes you don't catch all of the particular issues. And clearly there were some security issues that we had to address and not just us-- yes, our competitors as well-- but it was important for us to address. I do think that it was a bit of a wakeup call frankly for us as hardware manufacturers. We always thought about security as an important part of the equation. But now when you think about-- boy, you know, it's sort of one of the foundations. It's the fundamental, right? It's sort of a day one expectation that, when you buy a processor, it's not going to leak your data out to places. So we have thought differently. You know, Mark-- all kidding aside-- has led a very strong effort across our company to look at every aspect of security. We've designed it into our software. We've designed it into our hardware. I think we can never say that we've caught everything. But I can say that there is a tremendous amount of resource that is put at doing the right things to ensure the security of the processor and still getting all the benefits of performance and so on and so c with new architectures.