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Intel Security at RSA Conference 2024

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Last year, at RSA Conference 2023, we highlighted our renewed commitment to improving security outcomes for the industry.  Security is a collective effort, as we demonstrated with the introduction of Accelerated by Intel®.  We also highlighted new products and services in support of our focus areas:  Endpoint Security, Zero Trust Networking, and Confidential Computing. Finally, we described the impact of our Intel Capital portfolio.

As we join our colleagues at RSAC ’24, we are proud of our progress with strong collaborations, advanced capabilities, and an increasing focus on delivering platforms that the industry can confidently build on.  I’d like to start with this last point.

Intel’s Product Security 2024: Security to Build On

At Intel, we recognize that our products occupy the most privileged position in the computing stack and our product assurance efforts are a core part of our value proposition. The latest Intel Product Security Report reinforces our commitment to computing you can trust.

Figure 1 - Key findings from the Intel 2023 Product Security ReportFigure 1 - Key findings from the Intel 2023 Product Security Report

 

In this ever-challenging cybersecurity environment, it’s more important than ever to build on the strongest foundation; protecting critical systems and data requires technology you trust. To facilitate customer decision-making, we commissioned ABI Research to evaluate the product security assurance investments and maturity of top silicon vendors. Intel scored highest across the silicon industry, reinforcing that we are leading the industry when it comes to hardware-based security.

Figure 2 - Key findings from ABI Report: "Embracing Security as a Core Component of the Tech You Buy"Figure 2 - Key findings from ABI Report: "Embracing Security as a Core Component of the Tech You Buy"

 

The Evolving Role of AI in Security

Security has already evolved beyond the scale or ability of humans to triage increasingly sophisticated attacks. It’s well known that Security Operation Centers have alert fatigue and need better tools to automate analysis and remediation spanning edge to cloud infrastructure. AI automation and new threat insights will be game-changing. Here’s how we see this evolving in three domains:

1: AI for Security

With Intel® Threat Detection Technology (Intel® TDT), we pioneered the first use of AI on client and edge to detect ransomware and other threats. This leverages our CPU telemetry and AI models run on our GPUs, helping protect billions of Intel PCs in deployment today. Intel, Dell, and CrowdStrike showcased how multiple layers of security contribute to defense in depth. Now, we are deeply engaged with Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) leaders like CrowdStrike to prove the art of possible with proof-of-concept designs that deploy deep learning on client PCs. CrowdStrike is using the Neural Processing Unit (NPU) in our latest AI PCs with Intel® Core™ Ultra processors to classify malware on the fly at the endpoint, which removes the burden from humans to author detection trend analysis rules. This also helps preserve privacy by keeping user data local, where browsing habits should remain private, and drive faster remediations without the latency associated with cloud-based analysis.

2: AI for Security Operations (SecOps)

Security ISVs are already deploying SecOps assistants to better triage incidents, such as Microsoft Copilot for Security and CrowdStrike Charlotte AI. Intel is driving key performance improvements on both server and client-side applications to help scale industry adoption. Our AI for Security capabilities, combined with our hardware protections above and below the OS, are key data feeds for SecOps AI assistants. We foresee custom workflows built into these assistants to help admins better understand and triage threats happening across their Intel vPro® fleets. Further out, we see AI assistants driving the ability to generate code that helps analysts heal and fix infrastructure to respond to vulnerabilities and threats. Intel is also using Intel® Device Health to provide below-the-OS vulnerability insights and our chip-to-cloud vPro solutions to be enabled by AI services for automated remediations.

3: Security for AI

We are in the early stages of attacks on AI models and data, but at the forefront of solving this challenge is Intel’s Confidential AI. Google Cloud recently announced Confidential Accelerators for AI workloads, designed so customers can easily port workloads to a confidential environment and collaborate with partners on joint analyses while keeping data private.

Confidential computing is designed to enable data sharing across on-premise, hybrid and multi-cloud environments, edge devices, cloud servers, and multi-party collaborations, even when using private, sensitive, and regulated data. This can be combined with Intel® Tiber™ Trust Services, designed for enhanced security and assurance with zero trust independent attestation SaaS that verifies the trustworthiness of compute assets at the network, edge, and in the cloud.

As a founding member of the Confidential Computing Consortium, Intel is also collaborating with MITRE ATLAS to help define a standardized AI threat model from edge to cloud. By working with industry leaders on this AI-focused framework, we can apply our hardware-enabled security and software capabilities to this framework, so SecOps understands where Intel helps keep AI safe.

Ecosystem Collaborations: Building on Accelerated by Intel®

Intel is uniquely positioned to lead the technology industry in a security evolution due to our product portfolio and end-to-end ownership in product development. Yet all our efforts would be incomplete without ecosystem partners who integrate our products into solutions that address critical security issues, as well as the future ecosystems we’re investing in to solve tomorrow’s challenges. Intel’s vision is to empower the ecosystem to build leading-edge security technologies on our platforms, so they can meet customers’ unique security needs. This is evident when looking at the solutions available at this year’s conference from our ecosystem, including:

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Security has never been more challenging or more complex. Organizations need someone they can trust to help build security from the ground up. The company you know as the foundation for modern computing is the company you can trust to secure it.

We hope you visit us or our collaborators at RSAC 2024. For more information, please read The Best Defenders for Your Business: A Guide to Intel Cybersecurity Partners or visit intel.com/security.

About the Author
Ricardo (Rick) J. Echevarria is the vice president and general manager of Security Sales at Intel Corporation. A growth-minded business leader with more than 25 years of success spanning technology, cybersecurity, professional services, and enterprise software, Echevarria has held a variety of leadership positions with Intel Corporation. He has overseen divisions responsible for the corporate segment personal computing P&L, as well as the management, development, and delivery of Intel’s cybersecurity technology roadmap. Rick was instrumental in the growth and development of the worldwide software developer ecosystem for Intel architecture-based products and was responsible for building a worldwide professional services organization inside Intel. Before assuming his current role, Rick led Intel’s Olympics and Paralympics Office where he was responsible for establishing and accelerating Intel technology solutions in the market through exclusive and transformational integrations on one of the largest international platforms in the world, the Olympic Games. Rick has also been leading Intel’s Pandemic Response Technology Initiative. This includes the management of a $50M fund targeted at investments in pandemic response and readiness, on-line learning, and ecosystem/partner innovation. Echevarria has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and a master’s degree in computer systems management from Union College. He has also served as chair of the Intel Hispanic Leadership Council and has received the Distinguished Engineer Award from Purdue University’s College of Engineering.