Yearly Archives: 2015

Riding and Taming Security’s Perfect Storm with Intel Core vPro

Cyberthreats, unfortunately, never take a holiday. In fact, with each passing day, attacks become more numerous, organized, powerful, and, with the explosion in smart devices and cloud-based systems, more opportunistic.

 

No wonder 50 percent of the 182 IT professionals who participated in Computerworld’s Forecast 2016 survey said they plan to increase spending on security technologies in the next 12 months. Security ran a close second after cloud computing as the most important technology project currently underway at their organizations.

 

Security’s ‘Perfect Storm’


Mike Seawright, director of security business development at Intel, discussed these challenges in Secure Your Business, our latest webinar in the Business Devices Webinar Series. Not only are IT security professionals facing increasing complexity with more devices and the shift to cloud computing, but they must act quickly, as organizations can be compromised in mere minutes, while utilizing limited staffing and budget resources.

 

The latest devices with Intel vPro technology offer a solid first line of defense in preventing threats. Built on Intel’s security technologies, each successive generation delivers evolutionary security capabilities. Intel Core vPro processors feature remote capabilities that allow scarce IT staff resources to maximize their efficiency in protecting compute devices across the enterprise.


What Aspects of Security Are Most Important?


Unfortunately, there is no easy strategy to take in IT security. “Security is complicated—sorry folks!” Mike said. To be truly secure, he explained, IT departments need to defend all areas against modern attacks: identity, platform, data, and applications.


However, Mike explained, a whopping half of all security breaches stem from identity and authentication gaps, so stronger authentication is a key part of security. Fortunately, Intel and Microsoft work collaboratively to combat security threats with user-friendly features and technologies such as True Key by Intel Security, Microsoft Credential Guard, and Intel Identity Protection Technology Multifactor Authentication.


These and other multifaceted defensive tactics and tools were explained in the hour-long webinar, which included a Q&A session. Here is a sample of what webinar participants had on their minds:


Q: I have health care clients. Do you have a security checklist?

 

Mike: Our health care team has a presentation you could use for this. Send me a note at michael.seawright@intel.com.

 

Q: Does True Key update itself?

 

Mike: True Key is like most software in that some portions will update automatically if that setting is applied. But then as we have major releases, it will usually require a user update.

 

Q: Are there any encryption key “manager” apps available for SMBs or partners that are acting as the IT department for multiple SMBs?

 

Mike: The McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator does a nice job of this. Another vendor to look at would be Venafi.

 

If you missed the webinar, you can listen in to the on-demand version available now and hear other questions and answers as well as download the presentation slides.

 

Ask a Question, Win a Tablet


This month, the lucky winners of a new Intel-based tablet and a new set of SMS Audio BioSport Smart Earbuds are Ed Goad of MeteorComm and D. Komnick of Advanced Business Technology Services, respectively. Congrats to both! And, if you didn’t win this time, you’ll have another chance to ask questions and win at the next webinar, which is sure to be a popular one: Introducing 6th Gen Intel Core vPro.

 

If you’ve already registered for the Business Devices Webinar Series, you’re all set: just click on the link in the reminder email you’ll receive a day or two before the event. But if you need to register, you can join our next webinar by clicking here.

 

  With the latest Intel Core vPro processor-based devices, more businesses big and small can set and reach their New Year’s resolution to make their entire enterprise more secure.

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Driving America’s Intelligent Transportation Future

Intel is highly encouraged by the enactment today of the most innovative and forward-thinking highway bill in history, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).  With this milestone legislation, Congress explicitly recognizes the increasing importance of new transportation technologies to the U.S. economy and global competitiveness … Read more >

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“Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)” to Offer Technology Tools for K-12 Students

By Paige Johnson, Intel’s K-12 Education Strategist As the House and Senate vote to change the original “No Child Left Behind” into the “Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA),” Intel is pleased to see a renewed emphasis on integrating technology into … Read more >

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Happily Ever After: Windows 10 and Intel Core vPro a Perfect Match for Better Productivity, Security, Manageability

By the time a couple is married 21 years, they’ve had their share of disagreements, unlocked the mysteries of the other, and, happily, come to the realization that they’re better together than not.

 

Such is the double-decade partnership between Intel and Microsoft, which has persevered through tech booms and busts. The “Better Together: Windows 10 and Intel Core vPro Processor-based Devices” webinar glimpsed into the future with the Intel Core vPro processor and Microsoft OS, Windows 10. We saw how they work together to raise the bar in enterprise computing, with much excitement from end users, IT and business decision makers, and OEMs.

 

Windows 10 fully supports the Intel vPro pillars of strength—productivity, security, and manageability—with a familiar Windows 7-based user interface and numerous new dynamic features. For example, for better productivity, Microsoft host expert Stephen Rose explained how a device used as a PC with a keyboard and mouse can switch for optimal tablet use. Windows 10 responds automatically by adjusting window size for touch-based actions and biometrics.


Sixth-gen Intel Core vPro processor-based devices “are the most manageable, most productive, and most secure platform for enterprise,” webinar Intel technology expert Greg Reiff said. Intel Core vPro has enabled the creation of more streamlined form factors that are 50 percent thinner, 50 percent lighter than devices more than four years old, and use much less power.


With the newest features in Windows 10, users and IT departments can build more security around their data and devices. Features such as Intel Virtualization Technology prevent unauthorized software from being loaded, and Intel SSD Pro Series Data Protection guards data off-network. These features on the back end support the mission on the front end to “kill the password,” according to Rose, by “moving away from what you know [passwords] to what you have; things like your face (detected via Intel RealSense and Microsoft Hello), fingerprints, and wearables.”


Webinar attendees were clamoring to know more, asking many questions during the interactive Q&A. Here’s a sample:


Q: Can you add biometric devices to older PCs that run Windows 10?


Steve Forsberg (Intel host expert): You could attach an external RealSense camera if your older hardware does not have an infrared camera integrated.


Q: Are the new Intel Q170 chipset machines shipping now?


Greg Reiff (Intel host expert): Some are shipping but not as enterprise Intel Core vPro platforms [those are scheduled for release soon].


Q: Is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet available through distribution?


Stephen Rose (Microsoft host expert): Yes. We have a wide variety of resellers including Dell, CDW, and others.


Q: Is the process/recommendation of upgrading the UEFI published somewhere?


Greg Reiff: Upgrading a platform’s BIOS to UEFI is OEM-specific. Each OEM should have an upgrade guide on their support site under drivers > firmware > download. If vPro is enabled, we have best practices documents on www.intel.com.


As with all webinars in the Business Devices Webinar Series, participants were entered into a drawing for an Intel-based tablet or a set of SMS Audio BioSport smart earbuds. Congratulations to tablet winner Kent Liu of Williams-Sonoma and to Andy Yu of American Portwell Technologies for scoring the cool earbuds!


Our next webinar is happening December 9, 10 a.m. PST. Be sure to attend, because it’s all about security: what the key risks are, how to manage them, and ways to prepare with the latest solutions from our top technology experts.


If you’ve already registered for the Business Devices Webinar Series, click on the link in the reminder email you’ll receive a day or two before the event. If you need to register, we’d love to have you join our next session by clicking here.


The “Better Together: Windows 10 and Intel Core vPro Processor-based Devices” webinar can be watched anytime on demand if you missed it. For more on how Windows 10 and the latest Intel technology can help businesses overcome their challenges, read this recent white paper.


It’s exciting to see how ongoing collaboration between Intel and Microsoft continues to advance better, more efficient, and more amazing experiences in the world of enterprise computing.

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Continued Progress: The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) Publically Releases the Identity Ecosystem Framework

By John Kincaide, Privacy and Security Policy Attorney at Intel In April 2011 the National Strategies for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) National Program Office (NPO) released President Obama’s identity strategy at the U.S Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. … Read more >

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Combining Technology and Tradition: Intel, TAG Heuer and Google Create First Swiss Luxury Connected Watch

Combining Technology and Tradition: Intel, TAG Heuer and Google Create First Swiss Luxury Connected Watch Today at a press conference hosted at the historic LVMH Tower in New York, Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer & President of the LVMH … Read more >

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Hybrid-Access: A New and Ultrafast Path for bringing Broadband to Underserved Customers

Hybrid-Access: A New and Ultrafast Path for bringing Broadband to Underserved Customers What can you achieve by integrating an industry standard protocol with a powerful telecom network server node and powerful Intel Home Gateway network processor? How about a fast … Read more >

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Senators Thune and Schatz weigh in supporting continued multistakeholder Internet governance

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will open its 54th meeting tomorrow in Dublin, Ireland. Top of mind for the discussions this week are clearly the transition of oversight of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) from … Read more >

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Preserve I-TECH to close homework gap, prepare students for success

By Paige Johnson, Intel’s K-12 Education Strategist Republished from The Hill, October 9, 2015   As the House and Senate engage in conference discussions to reconcile reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Intel applauds Congress for moving forward … Read more >

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Intel Applauds the 21st Century Trade Agreement Close

Intel’s statement on the close of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Today the United States came together with 11 other countries to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement in Atlanta, Georgia. “This is a significant step toward advancing global innovation and opening … Read more >

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