New anti-theft technology from Intel aims to protect both data and hardware.
Intel, which is looking to add an additional layer of security for laptops,
will introduce what company executives are calling anti-theft technology later
Although Intel is not revealing many of the details behind its new
anti-theft product, the technology will work with the company's chip sets and
firmware to help protect the notebook in case of theft.
The anti-theft technology is different from Intel's
-a set of management and security features for PCs that
combines the company's processors and third-party software-but it will provide
an extra layer of protection for IT managers wishing to secure laptops, said
Anand Pashupathy, director of initiative planning for Intel's Mobile Products
While many laptops users worry about losing the actual hardware itself,
Pashupathy said others are concerned about what will happen to the data stored
on a stolen laptop. The anti-theft technology looks to address both sets of
While Intel and PC vendors will focus on the hardware, the chip maker is also
working with a number of ISVs to build software that will help protect both the
data and the hardware.
"We are putting in firmware and hardware capabilities that will
strengthen the solutions that are already out there in the marketplace,"
Pashupathy said. "If you look at our list of ISV
partners, there are some that will be supporting the data protection aspect of
it and then there will be more people focused on the asset protection aspect of
it and there will definitely be some melding between the two."
For IT managers, the technology will work with other hard disk drive
encryption technology and allow for remote or local management of a laptop if
the machine is reported stolen or if there are signs of "nefarious
activity," he said.
The capabilities that Intel will include on the chip set will also harden
other security features. For example, the technology could require additional
user authentication if it detects an irregularity when a laptop is moved from a
fixed location, he said.
the spring Intel Developer Form in Shanghai, China, April 2-3,
announced that it has signed up several partners for the new technology,
including Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Lenovo, McAfee, Absolute Software, Phoenix
Technologies and Utimaco Safeware.
Intel expects the technology to catch on with enterprise IT managers when
the products first begin appearing in the fourth quarter of 2008, Pashupathy
Although the technology will initially appear in laptops, he said other OEMs
have approached Intel about installing the anti-theft product in desktops,
especially small-form-factor models.
The anti-theft technology will not be included in Intel's
upcoming Centrino 2 platform,
formerly code-named Montevina, which will
enter the laptop market in June.