The new capabilities are aimed at helping businesses deal with the BYOD trend and making intelligent system easier to manage and secure.
officials are introducing the third generation of their Core vPro processor
platform, which offers new security and management capabilities that will make
their way into everything from Ultrabooks
and other notebooks to desktop PCS, workstations and intelligent systems.
With the new
vPro platform, introduced May 15, Intel is embedding security capabilities
throughout the chipincluding the siliconand making it easier for IT managers
to set up and configure systems, both key requirements as the consumerization
of IT takes greater hold in business, according to Dan Russell, director of
business client solutions marketing at Intel.
wanted to focus on building the bridge between the CIO and the employee in a
company, Russell told eWEEK
that the bring-your-own-device
security and management issues in enterprises.
In a Webcast
talking about the new Core vPro capabilities, Rick Echevarria, vice president
of the Intel Architecture Group and general manager of Intels Business Client
Platform Division, said that while employees are increasingly bringing their
own mobile devicesin particular, smartphones and tabletsinto work, IT
departments still need to be able to secure and manage them.
With that in
mind, Intel officials said the embedded security capabilities are aimed at
helping businesses in such areas as threat management, identity and access,
data protection, and monitoring and remediation.
security capabilities include Intels Identity Protection Technology with
public key infrastructure (IPT with PKI) in its Core vPro chips. According to
Jason Kennedy, director of enterprise marketing and product management for
Intels Business Client Platforms Division, IPT with PKI offers a second layer
of authentication, using a private key stored in the PCs firmware to enable
Websites and corporate networks to ensure that a user trying to log in is
legitimate and that the person is doing so from a trusted system.
safeguards against phishing attack via a stronger means of authentication, and
alleviates privacy and confidentiality concerns, Kennedy said.
definitely adding quite a bit of muscle to our security capabilities, he said.
Intel also is
embedding Intel OS Guard and Intel SecureKey with Intel Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) New Instructions,
which protects against the loss of media, data and other assets. OS Guard also
safeguards against malware.
The giant chip
maker also is leveraging its acquisition last year of security software maker
McAfee with such embedded capabilities as ePO Deep Command for greater security
for data being sent across networks in such connected industries as health
care, where patient data may be sent from a doctors office to a hospital.
management side, the new Core vPro chips include Intels Active Management
Technology for remote management of systems. Such capabilities can be a boon
for the growing number of organizations that rely on intelligent machines for
their businesses, the Intel officials said. For example, retail businesses that
rely on vending machines, point-of-sale systems or digital signs can discover,
diagnose and fix problems over the network, before those issues result in lost
revenue and without having to rely on costly IT service calls, they said.