Intel Announces Two New Silicon-Level Security Technologies
Intel recently announced two new technologies, namely, Intel Threat Detection Technology (Intel TDT) and Intel Security Essentials. While Intel TDT is a collection of silicon-level capabilities that will enable the ecosystem identify new classes of threats, Security Essentials is a framework that homogenizes built-in security features across Intel processors. Besides the new technologies, the company also announced a fortified academic partnership with Purdue University. The partnership with Purdue University is aimed at enabling the acceleration of the development and availability of cybersecurity talent.
Intel TDT utilizes silicon-level telemetry and functionality to allow the company's industry partners to enhance the detection of advanced cyberthreats, etc. The first two Intel Threat Detection Technology capabilities will also include implementation plans by Cisco and Microsoft.
The first Intel TDT capability is Accelerated Memory Scanning, wherein scanning is taken care of by Intel's integrated graphics processor, thus facilitating increased scanning and also cutting down the affect on power consumption and performance. Intel said initial benchmarking on its test systems revealed that CPU utilization was reduced to about 2% from 20%.
The second capability, Intel Advanced Platform Telemetry, brings together platform telemetry and machine learning algorithms to enhance the discovery of advanced threats while minimizing performance impact and also bringing down the number of false positives. The Cisco Tetration platform will be the first Cisco product to leverage this integration.
Moving on to Intel Security Essentials -- the framework will help ensure a steady group of crucial root-of-trust hardware security capabilities across Intel Xeon, Intel Atom, and Intel Core processors. Intel added that these aforementioned capabilities are platform integrity technologies for hardware protections (for data and keys as well as other digital assets), secure boot, trusted execution enclaves, and accelerated cryptography to safeguard applications at runtime.
These capabilities, directly integrated into Intel silicon, will not only speed up trusted computing as clients create solutions based in hardware-based protections but also enhance the security posture of computing, bring down the cost of deploying security solutions, and curtail the affect of security on performance.