View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
  2. Cybersecurity
February 15, 2017updated 22 Feb 2017 4:49pm

New Intel software bolsters data centre security

The new Intel software is to enable data centre security for application developers.

By Hannah Williams

Speaking at this year’s RSA Conference, Intel revealed information on its data centre security strategy and additional components.

In a presentation, Simon Johnson, Intel’s SGX program architect discussed the reasons why an effective security strategy is built on a foundation of trust rooted in hardware and also why it requires technologies that protect the data through all phases, at-rest, in-flight and in-use.

Intel also confirmed the availability of its newest cryptographic isolation technology for data centre usages.

IntelThe company mentioned that its Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) being deployed to data centres will allow application developers to protect select code and data from disclosure or modification.

Intel SGX is also distinguished from other cryptographic isolation technologies as it addresses all cryptographic isolation at the most granular application level to enable fine-grained data protection within the tightest trust boundary.

The technology offers the most granular level of encrypted protection so far in the industry and assures data privacy even if the case of breaches into the OS, BIOS, VMM and other applications.

In a blog post, Intel identified that for a long period of time developers have been overwhelmed by the level of security capabilities major platform providers have exposed for application development.

Content from our partners
Unlocking growth through hybrid cloud: 5 key takeaways
How businesses can safeguard themselves on the cyber frontline
How hackers’ tactics are evolving in an increasingly complex landscape
Read more: Intel Security looks to the cloud for new McAfee anti-malware line-up

Only until now has there been a change to the usual force directed to developers to rely on the provider’s security architecture and no way to apply a security model designed to fit their own requirements.

This is what led to the design of Intel SGX, a new model that protects selected code and data from disclosure or modification and also described as “a hardware-assisted trusted execution environment with the smallest possible attack surface.”

By using Intel’s trusted execution environment, developers are able to identify and record privacy, secure browsing, DRM, harden end point protection or any high assurance security use case that needs to safely store secrets or protect data.

Intel SGX is now available for use on Intel’s Xeon E3 v5 platform, consisting of a set of CPU instructions and platform enhancements to deliver secure locations for application code and associated data.

Topics in this article :
Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.