In addition to basic tasks such as tracking desktops hardware configurations, vPro will be able to offer more advanced services, including remote boot, troubleshooting and repair capabilities. PCs based on the platform can also be set to alert IT staffs when critical software, such as anti-virus applications, are turned off or removed. A feature dubbed Circuit Breaker can remove a PC from a computer network if a malware threat is detected. But Intel will also offer even more advanced features via a new strategy that seeks to build software-based appliances directly into PCs. >Intel will supply software that allows PC makers to create virtual partitions, which can house security or management applications. When used for security, the approach can set up a checkpoint between the network and the machines operating system and data. A security application can guard the PC by monitoring network traffic into the machine. It can be made to intervene if a malware attack is sensed. It can also work to automatically update virus definitions. Intel tapped Symantec as its first vPro security partner. Symantec has said it will offer a security agent that will reside in the partition, which it says is both more proactiveit will include behavior analysis designed to root out zero-day attacksand quicker to deploy signatures.
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That strategy, which will address security and management at first, will take advantage of virtualizationtechnology that can partition a PC to run different types of software simultaneouslythats built into the vPro platform. It will use the technologies to create virtual partitions on PCs, which can house specialized security and management software.