Intel and Microsoft set to sniff out malware from memory


    Intel has announced an innovation in association with Microsoft which is said to detect malware at the memory level. Perhaps this is to reincarnate a positive image in the processor market which was otherwise tarnished by the Spectre and Meltdown flaws in January this year.

    Therefore, all the future chip designs offered by Intel will from now on have security measures built into the hardware which will automatically lessen the burden previously put on security software.

    Speaking at the RSA conference in San Francisco, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich disclosed that his company will create a new road-map to improve the security of its products in next six months.

    As a part of the plan, Intel will soon launch a new Threat Detection Technology which has been designed to utilize the security features integrated at a silicon level to detect in advance cyber vulnerabilities of all variants.

    Thus, Intel Accelerated Memory Scanning feature will now on be induced into the GPUs found on Intel chips.

    Meanwhile, Microsoft announced that it will make use of the new feature by integrating its potential into the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Antivirus Tool found in its Windows 10 operating system on a default note.

    Announcing another security feature named Advanced Platform Telemetry, Intel CEO Brian said that the new feature will allow detecting security events at the processor level unlike at the operating system level. Then certain machine learning algorithms tapped into the chip level will then look for unusual patterns in the data that could show the presence of malicious code lurking in memory.

    Furthermore, Intel is also planning to launch Security Essentials across its Core, Xeon and Atom Processor levels, with tools that guarantee secure boot as well as accelerated cryptography being crafted into Intel’s new silicon wafers.

    By introducing such innovative security concepts at the hardware level, the California based processor maker is looking to build up the reputation and trust that it lost to the Meltdown and Spectre flaws detected in its chips early this year.

    Hope it succeeds in doing so…..!

    Naveen Goud
    Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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