As anyone in the tech industry will tell you, cybersecurity is a constantly moving target. The landscape has changed drastically in the last several years, with the advent of IoT leading to an entirely new host of threats. Ransomware and DoS (Denial of Service) attacks are on the rise, and cybercriminals are becoming more and more sophisticated in their methodology, embracing the same encryption that was originally meant to lock them out. Intel has been at the forefront of security through its leadership on Spectre and Meltdown (and evidenced by CEO Brian Krzanich’s Security First Pledge to customers earlier this year). This considering, it comes as no surprise that the company had a lot to say at this year’s RSA security conference. Here’s my breakdown of Intel’s security announcements.New Threat Detection Technology GPU Accelerated Memory Scanning Intel took the opportunity at the RSA 2018 conference to announce the first two capabilities of its new Threat Detection Technology (TDT). Accelerated Memory Scanning is designed to detect memory-based cyberattacks, without sucking up all the CPU performance and power that current scanning technologies require. By relying on Intel’s integrated graphics processor, Intel says this capability reduces the impact on CPU power consumption and performance and allows for more scanning. Also announced at the event was that Accelerated Memory Scanning will soon be integrated into Microsoft’s Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) capability (read my coverage of Microsoft’s other RSA security announcements here). It’s great to see Intel and Microsoft leveraging the GPU in novel ways. It may have taken too long, but I’m glad it’s here now. I also see this as yet another example of Intel and Microsoft embracing more heterogeneous computing, a very good sign. I’m very interested to see how other higher performance graphics solutions would perform. Advanced Platform Telemetry The second capability announced was Advanced Platform Telemetry. Telemetry is basically the notion of having more data points to detect threats. Simply speaking, the more data points you have and the better the ability to sort through that data quickly, the more quickly and effectively one can protect their enterprise. Think of it as big data for security using machine learning. Intel says that its Advanced Platform Telemetry will do all this, while simultaneously cutting down on false positives and minimizing the impact on CPU performance. On the server side of the house, Intel has partnered with another security leader, Cisco, to integrate this new feature into its Tetration solution. With Cisco having a tremendous edge presence in networking and respectable compute and data presence in UCS and Tetration, I’m very interested to see some of the fruits of these labors. There aren’t a lot of details available, but given just how committed both Intel and Cisco Systems are to security, this could be very good.
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