Intel developing IT security game-changer is premature
February 02, 2011 // Jean-Pierre Joosting
Tufin Technologies says that reports of Intel developing an `IT security game-changer' that will reportedly stop zero-day security attacks should be tempered with the reality that many company PCs in use today will still be in active use in five years' time.
According to Michael Hamelin, chief security architect with the security lifecycle specialist, whilst Intel has been something of a chip pioneer ever since the earliest days of PCs, the reality is that a new chipset — no matter what its features — will still have to replace the hundreds of millions of legacy computers in active use around the world.
"Most companies work on a two or three-year cycle for their computers, so even if Intel unveiled a zero-day killer chip architecture this summer, it probably won't reach PC store shelves until much later in the year," he said.
"That means you are probably looking at a 2014/2015 timeframe before most corporates upgrade their PCs to the new architecture, and around the latter part of the decade before most companies have moved on up," he added.
Citing the example of quad-core processor-based PCs still very much in the minority, largely owing to the cost of deploying such machines in the corporate world, Tufin's chief security architect said it could be even longer than this before a generation of Intel-based zero-day protected PCs begin to reach a majority in the workplace.
You only, he explained, have to look at the success that the Dell Optiplex series has had in the workplace since their widespread introduction in the mid-2000. Many call centres still use these machines owing to their modularity and ease of deployment.
Hamelin went on to say that Intel's AntiTheft (AT) technology is a classic case in point, as, although the chip technology has been discussed for some time, its implementation is still quite scarce in the computer world.
It is, he said, excellent to hear that Intel is developing next-generation chip architectures that support security features on an on-chip basis, but the reality is that there are many hundreds of millions of legacy PCs in day-to-day usage in companies around the world.
"There will also be large numbers of PC sold this year with quite mundane non-AT specifications. Even with the most attractive security technology ever seen, companies are not going to flock to buy new computers - they're going to amortise their existing systems," he said.
"And with an amortisation cycle for a typical company PC being measured in years, we think that any talk of Intel developing a game-changer in the computer security business is a little premature," he said.
For more on Intel's forthcoming IT security system: http://bit.ly/heKt72.
For more on Tufin Technologies: www.tufin.com.
Design win; IDT meets IKEA
April 24, 2015
Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT) has disclosed that IKEA has chosen IDT’s wireless power transmitters to embed in ...
Eurotech to offload its cloud offering to iNebula
Electric vehicles: Driving range decides
Samsung details its flex display
3D-printing aerogels for energy storage
Gartner lowers 2015 chip market growth forecast
April 23, 2015
A mix of currency shifts, excess inventory and the end a PC upgrade cycle is set to slow growth in the global semiconductor ...
Hexagon, Xylon join forces for smart CT-based quality control systems
PSA, IBM tie Connected Car to the Internet of Things
Disposable sensor patch analyses golfers' swing
- Smart Capacitive Design Tips
- Wireless MCUs and IoT
- Battery Management System Tutorial
- Deciding if Automated Test is right for your Company
InterviewInfineon: CAN FD success goes at the expense of FlexRay
The faster version of the venerable CAN bus, CAN FD is currently taking off at several carmakers. Infineon's Thomas Böhm, Head of Body / Automotive, believes this could well go at the expense of FlexRay. ...
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, DecaWave is offering EETimes Europe's readers the chance to win two TREK1000 kits to evaluate its Ultra-Wideband (UWB) indoor location and communication DW1000 chip in different real-time location system topologies.
Worth €947, the kit allow designers to prove a concept within hours and have a prototype ready in days. Based on the two-way ranging scheme, the kit lets you test...MORE INFO AND LAST MONTH' WINNERS...
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.