Hackers have increasingly turned to firmware vulnerabilities for attacks in the continuous cat and mouse game PC defense. The rise has a number of causes. One obvious thing is that firmware is important to every device, as the code that defines the relationship between hardware and software.

Another big problem is that firmware is often written by hardware developers rather than by Microsoft. This means that there are countless different firmware types, each with its own special vulnerabilities and quirks.

Microsoft also believes that the problem is solved. With the Secured-core PC, Microsoft is replenishing its alliance through software and its management of booting a system, and is introducing an effort with a new partnership in PC vendors named Secured-core PC.

Under this new system, the software of a processor speeds up the system, but then restricts the degree of confidence the processor has in his own firmware in determining the code direction to start the machine.

Alternatively, the processor must call the bootloader of Microsoft for these instructions. The ultimate objective of the system is to build a safe and reliable way that can be used by the processor any time the device boots. One of the main advantages of the program is that it aims rather than tracking threats.

Since Windows 8, the Secure Boot function has been included in Windows to verify that a bootloader is authentic and safe to use. Secure Boot and Microsoft's justification for switching on to this new system is because every booting program relies on trusty firmware. Since it operates on the premise that your software is secure, when the firmware is breached, Secure Boot can not protect the device.

Microsoft cooperates with all big chipmakers, like Intel, AMD and Qualcomm, with the introduction of Secured-Core PC to allow the processors with secure encryption key burnt through chips during the production process. As the system relies on new hardware to secure your PC, you will not be able to download an upgrade to defend the old PC from software assaults.

That said, your next Windows machine has a good chance that it arrives with the optimized functionality. The upcoming Surface Pro X from Microsoft, which includes Dell, Lenovo and Panasonic devices, is one of the first devices to include the Secured-Core PC.