Intel Core vPro processors transform the workplace

20th January 2016
Nat Bowers

Intel has announced the latest iteration of Intel Core vPro processors for the modern workforce. The 6th gen Intel Core vPro processor family addresses the security and productivity demands of large businesses with new innovations in authentication security, enhanced performance and collaboration for 2 in 1s, Ultrabooks, All-in-Ones and the latest desktops.

Tom Garrison, Vice President and General Manager, Business Client division, Intel, commented: “With incredible, new, eye-catching designs, added performance and longer battery life, the 6th gen Intel Core and Intel Core vPro processors are setting a new standard for business computing. By also adding enhanced security capabilities in the hardware, Intel has helped to make these newest PCs an integral part of a business’s overall security solution, making users more secure and productive than ever before."

More than password protection

Hackers are finding new ways to break into old PCs through the virtual front door by stealing user credentials to gain privileges inside organisations. Today, more than half of data breaches start with misused or stolen user credentials (According to The 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) by Verizon). Older PCs that use eight-character passwords that change every 90 days worked well a decade ago, but increasingly sophisticated attack methods require a deeper level of security.

To address this, Intel is previewing a new security innovation called Intel Authenticate for businesses to begin internally testing and qualifying. Intel Authenticate is a hardware-enhanced, multifactor authentication solution that strengthens identity protection on the PC, making it less vulnerable to identity and security credential attacks.

Intel Authenticate verifies identities by using a combination of up to three hardened factors at the same time: 'something you know', such as a personal identification number; 'something you have', including a mobile phone; and 'something you are', like a fingerprint. IT can choose from multiple hardened factors of authentication that are based on company policies and no longer has to rely solely on employees remembering complicated passwords. Intel Authenticate is compatible with Microsoft Windows 7, 8 and 10 and is available for customers to preview.

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