A recent article in Gov’t Computer News (GCN) highlights a “Ground breaking” solution known as SecureView http://gcn.com/Articles/2013/08/13/secureview.aspx?Page=5. In the past, to meet requirements for security, government agencies have had to deploy multiple different computer systems on to an analyst’s desk, each connected to a different network with different requirements for security. SecureView vastly simplified this scenario, without compromising security or performance.
It’s important to note that SecureView is based on Citrix XenClient XT. XenClient XT uses a type one, or bare metal hypervisor. SecureView is also designed to run on Intel vPro Technology, which provides both the performance and underlying hardware enhanced security. With XenClient XT and Intel vPro technology as the foundation, SecureView provides a level of security required by key government agencies.
The author mentions that SecureView had to “meet seemingly conflicting security and performance requirements.” Because SecureView uses a bare metal hypervisor it provides two important benefits. First, on startup, Intel vPro Technology provides a hardware based trusted boot. This hardware root of trust provides an extra measure of protection against threats like root kits and other malware. Second, because the type 1 hypervisor runs directly on hardware it’s able to deliver outstanding performance.
As mentioned, SecureView is based on Citrix XenClient XT and Intel vPro Technology. You can see XenClient XT running on the latest Intel vPro Technology at the Intel Developer Forum being held in San Francisco from September 10th to 12th. Look for the Citrix booth in the Business Client Zone on the demo floor at IDF. And while you’re there be sure to check out the other new capabilities and new Ultrabook 2 in 1 designs.