The Spectre and the Meltdown attacks have been an eye opener when it comes to the hardware related vulnerabilities. Brands like Intel resonate very well with the consumers as a secure and formidable choice. This is one of the many reasons why Intel is proactively involved in developing new hardware security solutions.
Intel and Microsoft have partnered to use features that are specific to Intel in combating the malware attacks. Intel Threat Detection Technology is one such feature that is designed to detect the malware attacks and vulnerabilities at the hardware level.
The company has announced new features based on the Intel Threat Detection technology. The first one is “Advanced Memory Scanning.” New Malware is often designed such that they will not write anything on the disk. Ideally by doing so, the Malware should go undetected by anti-virus suites, however, this also comes with a glaring downside for the malware. The attacks cannot be carried in a persistent manner and instead the malware has to wait for the reboot to happen. Anti-malware software is usually capable of scanning for such malware but with a downside, that is nearly 20 percent increase in processor load.
Intel has decided to solve this shortcoming with the Advanced Memory Scanning. The new feature will offload the scanning task to the GPU instead of the CPU. This way the GPU which usually has unused processing power can be used to scan for the malware. In a nutshell, the Advanced Memory Scanning offers the same security as the anti-malware software but without the need for extra processing power.
Advanced Platform Telemetry is yet another feature that is capable of detecting malware or any sort of unusual activities. This security feature uses telemetry to keep a track on a number of vitals and draws a virtual graph of prediction. It uses the integrated performance counters to detect unusual activities and terms this as a misprediction. Once detected the mispredictions are then fed into Intel’s cloud system and thus the users will get a clear idea of the system health.
Intel is also undergoing a branding exercise. As part of this, the Security Essentials (a new security solution) will be a hub for security features. Select versions of the Atom, Core, and Xeon hardware will support the Security Essentials platform.