Intel has launched its newest processor product line, the 6th Generation Intel Core vPro. In addition to improvements in performance and design, the new product family has a strong security focus, with biometrics in the mix.
The company calls its new security platform Intel Authenticate and, borrowing concepts from the likes of the FIDO Alliance, it’s a multi-factor platform seeking to combine something you know, something you have, and something you are—in other words, a PIN could be combined with a smartphone and fingerprint for three-factor authentication, in one example. It’s a security concept aimed primarily at businesses, letting IT departments liberate employees from having to remember complicated passwords, and ensuring an overall higher level of security for the organization.
The system is compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10, with the last OS presumably offering the strongest basis for biometric authentication, given that it features the Windows Hello security apparatus. While the move toward multi-factor biometric authentication could reasonably be traced to Intel’s having joined the FIDO Alliance last summer, it’s also clearly an effort to remain on trend as a range of new consumer electronics seek to incorporate these kinds of more advanced security technologies. That’s good news for employers interested in Intel technology and its end users, whose data will be more safe and secure.
January 20, 2016 – by Alex Perala