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Chips & Salsa Episode 33: Fight Ransomware with Intel Threat Detection Technology

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If you do a quick search on the impact or ransomware today, you will find various reports stating that it causes over $20 billion in damages every year. Now, more than ever, advances in detection technologies are needed to help prevent ransomware from getting a foothold on systems. Enter Intel Threat Detection Technology (TDT).

Intel® Threat Detection Technology is a suite of technologies that adds a hardware-assisted detection layer to security solutions, raising the barrier against advanced threats. Intel TDT is a key feature of the Intel vPro platform which makes profiling and detection possible across the entire device stack. Intel TDT uses a combination of CPU telemetry and ML heuristics to detect attack-behavior. It detects ransomware, cryptojacking, and other threats that leave a footprint on Intel CPU performance monitoring unit (PMU).

Our guest today is Ram Chary who leads the development of TDT at Intel. Tune in as Ram explains how TDT works at the CPU microarchitectural level and how security vendors can integrate this advanced technology to address these types of threats.

About our guest:

Ram is a versatile technology leader with a 25+ year track record of creating customer value and delivering business growth through a combination of innovation and diligent execution. His success is based on a combination of deep technical expertise, business acumen, as well as hands-on experience across advanced research, product development, product management, and ecosystem building.

About the Chips & Salsa video series:

Chips and Salsa is a regular video series with hosts Jerry Bryant and Christopher “CRob” Robinson.  The videos cover such topics as vulnerability disclosures, security incident response, security assurance practices, security technologies with thought-provoking interviews with subject matter experts from Intel and across the security technology spectrum.


Jerry Bryant
Sr. Director of Security Communications and Incident Response
Intel Product Assurance and Security

About the Author
Intel Product Assurance and Security (IPAS) is designed to serve as a security center of excellence – a sort of mission control – that looks across all of Intel. Beyond addressing the security issues of today, we are looking longer-term at the evolving threat landscape and continuously improving product security in the years ahead.