Intel wants people to know that its chips have security baked into them. Intel introduced on Monday two new features built to enhance the efficiency of the computers running security programs that detect and block hackers. The computer processor giant outlined the features at the beginning of the RSA Conference that is one of the biggest annual cyber security events in the United States.
The first Intel tool, known as the advanced memory scanning, would be used in Advanced Threat Protection that is a part of Microsoft’s Windows Defender, which seeks out hard-to-detect attacks as they take place on a computer system. The second Intel tool, known as the advanced platform telemetry, would speed up security programs that run on networking technology and would be used in a product known as the Cisco Tetration Platform.
As said by Intel, the announcement is part of the broader security first pledge of CEO Brian Krzanich and comes as the company recovers from a hit to its reputation after the researchers discovered the design flaws that jeopardize computers, tablets, phones, and cloud servers. The company, just last month, said that it had completed releasing code, which would fix a fundamental problem that could have let the hackers access sensitive data from the computer’s memory. The flaws that were initially revealed in the month of January, affected hundreds of millions of chips in the devices made starting more than a decade ago.
Now Intel is aiming at the things it can do to make computers safer. The vice president and software and services group general manager at Intel’s platform’s security division, Rick Echevarria, said in a statement on Monday that the present cybersecurity landscape is constantly evolving with emerging threats that means they must be vigilant in delivering solutions that protect customers and their data.
Intel has got a lot to prove, and as said by analysts, its announcement is built to give the people confidence in the safety of its chips. They expect the company and the security risks lurking in the computer processors to be the subject of much of the conversation at RSA. The president of business analysis firm Endpoint Technologies Associates, Roger Kay, said that this type of thing is going to be in the spotlight and they would be in the hot seat.
One of the welcomed aspects of the Intel updates is the assurance to speed up the computers. A persistent user complaint regarding the cybersecurity programs, like antivirus software, is that they slow down the computers. Intel told in its announcement that the advanced memory scanning runs software such as Microsoft’s while only making use of 2 percent of the computer’s processing power. The Cisco and Microsoft security software that benefits from the performance boost are the business products. Although these tools would not be running on users’ personal computers, they would be built into the machines that store and use users’ personal data.
The new features of Intel include a uniform framework for security on its chips, known as Intel Security Essentials. It standardizes the various ways Intel’s chips already keep systems secure for the company’s Core, Atom, and Xeon processors. That implies the software makers who wish to take advantage of Intel security features do not have to change the way they design a computer program based on what Intel chip a device is running.