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Gen Intel Processors May Get Built In Ransomware Protection

By January 21, 2021March 6th, 2023Cybersecurity

At CES 2021, arguably the most influential and significant tech event in the world, Intel made an important announcement regarding its historic eleventh generation of chips.

The latest designs will feature hardware-based ransomware detection protocols, which should serve to make those types of attacks less likely to succeed.

In 2020, ransomware became the attack vector of choice for hackers around the world. It’s easy to see why. After all, it sets up a win-win for the hackers. First, it brings an infected network to its knees, disrupting commerce and communications. It has brought an outright end to a great many companies that were simply never able to recover from a successful attack.

Second, it gives the hackers plenty of time to slip into the breached network and exfiltrate any files they like. Typically, hackers go for the high-value stuff first, like personally identifiable employee and customer information used in identity theft, payment card data, and the like. However, hackers are also often interested in proprietary company data that can be sold to rival firms. Taken together, the stolen data represents a significant payday for the hackers.

Then, on top of that, the hackers demand a hefty ransom in exchange for the decryption keys, which ultimately gets the compromised network back on its feet. If the company refuses to pay, hackers are increasingly likely to publish some portion of the stolen data to embarrass the company in question, leading to further financial impacts.

All that to say, ransomware is an extremely attractive option from the perspective of a hacker, and anything that can be done to make that kind of attack less likely to succeed is a welcome addition indeed.

That’s where Intel’s TDT (Threat Detection Technology) comes into play. It creates an additional layer of security designed to shield a device from malicious code injections. How effective it will be remains to be seen, but it’s an exciting development indeed. Kudos to Intel.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.