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Intel and Cybereason have partnered to build anti-ransomware defences into the chipmaker’s newly announced 11th generation Core vPro business-class processors.

The hardware-based security enhancements are baked into Intel’s vPro platform via its Hardware Shield and Threat Detection Technology (TDT), enabling profiling and detection of ransomware and other threats that have an impact on the CPU performance.

“The joint solution represents the first instance where PC hardware plays a direct role in ransomware defences to better protect enterprise endpoints from costly attacks,” Cybereason said.

 

Exclusive to vPro, Intel Hardware Shield provides protections against firmware-level attacks targeting the BIOS, thereby ensuring that the operating system (OS) runs on legitimate hardware as well as minimizing the risk of malicious code injection by locking down memory in the BIOS when the software is running to help prevent planted malware from compromising the OS.

Intel TDT, on the other hand, leverages a combination of CPU telemetry data and machine learning-based heuristics to identify anomalous attack behaviour — including polymorphic malware, file-less scripts, crypto mining, and ransomware infections — in real-time.

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