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Intel adds encryption to vPro
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 10 December 2007 13:23
 Embedded security features, code-named Danbury, make application encryption easier, add new layer of hard drive protection

By Matt Hines
December 10, 2007

Intel is preparing to introduce a new set of security features in its next-generation vPro microprocessors that have been designed to extend the reach of encryption applications and make the systems easier to install and manage.Built under the code-name Danbury, the embedded security features -- planned to be introduced in early 2008 -- promise to improve the efficacy of commercial encryption tools via onboard integration hooks for the programs, and by adding a new layer of hard drive protection when vPro-powered computers are asleep or otherwise powered-down.

According to Intel officials, the addition of the Danbury technology will also make it far easier for organizations to put encryption applications into place by directly addressing the common headache of key management within the new embedded security tools.

Many companies that have already installed encryption software on their computers are still struggling with key management, and, even worse, most fail to realize that the applications do not protect hard drives unless the machines are fully powered-up -- creating an attractive vector for attackers and giving those organizations a false sense of security -- said Steve Grobman, director of business client architecture at Intel.

Even those computers carrying today's full-disk encryption tools remain vulnerable to attack when they are in hibernation and stand-by mode, he said.

That fact proves even more troublesome as so many companies are using encryption software as a means to safeguard sensitive data on their machines and meet compliance regulations, especially in the case of computers that have been stolen and had their authentication systems bypassed....More   Comment in the Forums
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