Intel 6th Gen Core vPro Processors were announced this week with newer features and focusing more on security, though is not exactly a new technology from Intel. With every new generation of processors, it has added new layers of security. Intel has also launched Intel Authenticate, which will require this new line of processors in order to function. This process does not only aim to make the users more secured, but also to make the process easier for them. The press release then goes on and talks about the performance of the new processors. Actually, it will be similar to the current generation Skylake processors. The only addition here will be the security features.
Intel Authenticate for the 6th Gen Core vPro Processors
Intel Authenticate is a hardware enhanced, multifactor authentication solution. It makes a combination of up to three factors at the same time. All these three factors are already established technologies which are used separately to secure information. The first factor is “something you know”, which can be a pin code or password. The second factor is “something you have”, which can be a mobile phone. Finally, the last factor is “something you are”, which is biometric authentication like fingerprint recognition. The IT can implement those factors according to their own policies and preferences. In this way, there will be no need of memorizing complicated passwords for a stronger security.
The most crucial aspect of the Intel 6th Gen Core vPro Processors is its hardware level authentication process. The data always stays on the hardware after the profile has been stored. In this way, the common software based attacks become ineffective. The flexibility of the factors in this multifactor authentication also makes it easier for a business to secure against specific potential risks.
Surprisingly, according to Intel, this processor is not aimed at the home users. The target customers here are businesses of different levels. From a business perspective, it can be a good idea to upgrade to PCs with this new line of processors if those have not been updated for about five years.
Intel also addresses those businesses with a statistics of their own where they mention of a $4203 loss per year for every 3 PCs which are more than 5 years old. The loss comes from extra maintenance cost and lost productivity. The vendors (Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Panasonic and Toshiba) are also releasing the “enterprise-ready” devices with the new Intel 6th Gen Core vPro Processors that include Ultrabooks, mini PCs and all-in-one desktops.
Intel Authenticate is already available for the customers to preview, which will of course require the users to have the 6th generation Core vPro and Core platforms.