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Security Essentials for a Device Refresh

4 Jun 2015 by Shay Moser

This article is sponsored by Intel, one of our partners, and they provide Insight with content to share with our audience.

When businesses consider new devices, their first motivation might be improved performance. However, there’s a more compelling argument for a device refresh. As new viruses, malware and other attacks are unleashed, aging systems are increasingly vulnerable to security breaches.

Today’s unsafe environment makes a strong case for a device refresh as a security measure — protecting data assets and optimizing IT management resources. PCs still running Microsoft Windows XP are vulnerable since support ended last April.

A recent report from Intel® Security (McAfee Labs) details the latest in security essentials:

  • Rootkits rebounding – McAfee recently noted the lowest number of new rootkits since 2008, thanks to 64-bit microprocessing. But cybercriminals now hijack root-level digital certificates, exploit kernel vulnerabilities and circumvent 64-bit security safeguards.
  • Mobile malware abuses – A downloaded app secretly smuggles in other apps. Or a Trojan can exploit a security flaw in a legitimate digital wallet service to steal money from the owner.
  • Clones of popular mobile games – Sampling 300 clones, McAfee Labs found that 80% contained malware that can send calls without permission, hijack SMS messages, extract contact data, track geolocation and gain root access — yielding full device control.

Read the full security threat report.

To resist such attacks, Intel® processors are built for enhanced data protection with hardware-assisted security, helping prevent exposure to malicious code, viruses, cyber-espionage, malware and data theft. These embedded security features include:

  • Intel® Identity Protection Technology for multifactor authentication to verify users and protect data from threats and fraud
  • Intel® AES-NI for pervasive encryption without significant performance penalties
  • Multiple Intel device protection technologies that strengthen the boot process and OS from malicious attacks
  • Intel® vPro™ technology and Intel® Active Management technology for remote management and security

The bottom line: lagging performance in an aging device might only hinder the user’s productivity. But, lagging security in an aging device? That could be deadly.

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