Intel’s 6th-gen Core To Feature Security on a Chip
Intel has announced that its new version of 6th generation Core family of chips comes with a new security feature, called Intel Authenticate, designed to thwart hackers who use fake emails to trick users into revealing their account credentials.
According to the semiconductor manufacturing firm, Authenticate is built onto the 6th-gen Core platform and uses true multifactor authentication technology that helps dramatically improve identity security.
The technology will allow corporate IT managers to eliminate the long, ever-changing passwords and replace them with other identifiers. These could include the employee’s identification number, proximity of their mobile phone or badge, biometrics like a fingerprint, and location of the building they are in.
The Intel Authenticate firmware oversees the user information, IT policy and credential decisions stored in computer hardware, identifying intruders who try to access systems and locking them out even if they obtain passwords.
Tom Garrison, Vice President and General Manager, PC Client Group at Intel, said in a statement that Intel Authenticate will be tested by select businesses in the coming months before the 6th-gen Core chips enter production.
Putting the authentication process on a chip makes the PC itself part of the security system, Intel said in the announcement. The firm will make Authenticate part of all the processors that it sells for enterprise PCs.