Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper)
As one of the biggest security events of the year kicks off Monday, Intel promised that its future chip designs would improve the state of information security, after flaws in older designs kicked off one of the biggest security messes in years.
Intel announced three new measures Monday night at the RSA Conference in San Francisco that will be built into future hardware and assume some of the load previously put on security software, which should improve performance and stability. CEO Brian Krzanich promised shortly after the disclosure of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities that the chip company would be overhauling its road maps to improve the security of its products, after a six-month scramble last year to patch operating systems and cloud services with workloads to deal with the design flaws, which lay undetected for almost two decades.
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As part of Monday’s announcement, Intel is committing to a security training program run in conjunction with Purdue University to train a new generation of security professionals. There are also two new product-oriented initiatives being unveiled at RSA: Intel Threat Detection Technology and Intel Security Essentials.
Intel said its Threat Detection Technology will improve system security by freeing up graphics hardware resources that will be capable of scanning computer memory for malware, taking on in hardware what is often done by software running on general-purpose processors. Not only should this improve overall system performance, but using specialized hardware will increase the number of times memory can be scanned for issues, said Rick Echevarria, vice president, Software & Services Group and general manager, Platform Security Division at Intel.
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