There are really wonderful parts about our digital world including endless cat videos and GIFs that illustrate most any professional or personal state (and Tumblr blogs to host them all). You know what’s not awesome about the digital world? It’s not secure. With data breaches, passionate hackers, and just regular old human error, the digital world is a bit like an open door to someone (anyone) grabbing what they want from you. You’ve probably heard the recent news about Intel and McAfee joining forces -- another way Intel’s got your back when it comes to security and your software development. What are the other ways we have you covered on security? Read on, friends.
Dodging Side-channel Attacks
Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard-New Instructions AES-NI (Intel® AES-NI) already has a strong reputation for faster data encryption, especially in parallelizable modes. But these new instructions are tackling the recently discovered side-channel attacks on AES. It’s all about the location. Intel AES-NI performs the decryption and encryption completely in hardware, without the need for software lookup tables. This lowers the risk of side-channel attacks, with the added bonus of improved AES performance.
Easy Intro to Intel® AMT
IT organizations rely on Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT) to remotely diagnose, isolate, and repair an infected PC. Remote platform management apps can access it securely, even when the platform is turned off (it just has to be connected to power and a network). Ready to take advantage of Intel AMT in your software? Intel® AMT High Level API (Intel AMT HLAPI) makes it super easy, especially if you’re new to AMT. The programming language stays high-level, so you can create a simple management console even if you don’t understand all the gory details.
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT), available on Ultrabook™, lets you access your online accounts more securely. It creates an embedded token that uses ISV algorithms to generate the six-digit, one-time-password. That gets matched up with the number created by the server of a participating website, portal, or virtual private network (VPN). No match? No entry.
Also on Ultrabook, Intel® Anti-Theft Technology lets you create anti-theft software that extends into the hardware. You can use it to protect your users personal information and other data on their hard drive, blocking out thieves. The user just activates the technology, and they can remotely disable the laptop if it is lost or stolen.
Looking to ensure your users get complete security, from the firewall to the processor level? McAfee to the rescue. They’ve optimized their security software for 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors, resulting in big gains in both performance and efficiency. Run scans faster? Check. Encrypt and decrypt data quicker? Check. Impact system performance less? Check.