Wave Systems have announced the launch of an endpoint monitor that detects malware by using the capabilities of the security chip onboard a PC.

According to the company, the Wave Endpoint Monitor provides protection against threats such as rootkits by utilising information stored within the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) to check security health before the operating system loads. If any anomalies are detected, the IT department is alerted immediately with real-time analytics.

The Wave Endpoint Monitor also includes the ability to ensure data comes from a known endpoint, provide configurable reporting and query tools and ensure strong device identity through the use of hardware-based digital certificates, the company said.

Steven Sprague, CEO of Wave Systems, said: “Today's security threat environment calls for industry-proven solutions to collect and analyse pre-operating system health information and to ensure endpoints are known and trusted.

“Since advanced persistent threats can sometimes appear as normal traffic, new rootkits often go unnoticed for long periods of time and cause severe damage in the form of infected systems and data loss. Wave Endpoint Monitor allows IT to utilise the hardware security you've already bought and deployed to ensure PC health from the start of the boot process, while creating a higher level of trust in your endpoints.”