Bumped into the guys from Phoenix Technologies at Infosec this week, and had a chat with them about their push into security software.
According to Robert Mol, the European senior director, around 90 per cent of the world's PCs have a Phoenix BIOS inside them, so it's natural that the company should develop a range of security software.
"Because we have full details of our own BIOSs and the low level APIs from Intel, IBM and other manufacturers," says Mol, adding that access to this information has allowed Phoenix to develop security software that interfaces with the computer a the lowest and most basic level possible.
That's a pretty unique set of API/source code information that Phoenix has access to. I doubt, quite frankly, that many other vendors have access to this type of information...