New Hardware Security Solutions Stand Firm Against Cyber Intruders

Intellectual property loss, difficult remediation programs, and reputation damage are all possible results of a cyberattack. Major data breaches are popping up everywhere, and the costs to the U.S. economy is enormous. In 2013, a federal commission estimated a loss of $300 billion each year in intellectual property alone. The same year, an independent study performed by Ponemon Institute revealed that the average organizational cost for a data breach was upwards of $5.4 million. For some companies, an attack of that magnitude could be disastrous.

Security software has been the go-to defense in the enterprise, but no matter how tight your firewall or how many anti-malware services you use, there are still cybercriminals who will find new vulnerabilities or approaches to your protected data. The ideal hardware perfect partners with many current security software offerings that improves performance and productivity, accelerates cryptography, and bolsters encryption.

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The biggest problem with security software is that the technology of the services hasn’t kept pace with the kinds of security problems modern enterprises are facing. Due to increased demand for new device support and consumerization, the IT infrastructure of most companies is expanding. This is good in many ways, but it also offers a larger playing field for hackers. For example, an unsecured device paired with unsecured wireless connectivity could mean trouble, no matter what your software security plan looks like.

In addition to being slow to evolve, security software is also notorious for slowing down your employees. In this new, hyperconnected business environment, employees expect performance and high levels of usability from the platforms they use to do work. Productivity lags when there are barriers to efficiency. Not only does locking down a data center and adding layers of authentication on protected files still leave you vulnerable, it can also slows down your company’s workflow.


The complex, processor-intensive functions that many current security technologies employ can often create performance lag for users. By coupling your security software strategy with new Intel processors, you can mitigate most of this lag, creating a strong security platform with no noticeable performance decrease for users. Intel’s new approach to data protection starts with embedding security features directly into processors. New Intel Xeon, Core, and Atom processors include features that accelerate the large integer arithmetic required for public key cryptography and reduce processor loads. Additionally, these new Intel processors implement sub-steps of the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) that accelerates execution of the AES software application while simultaneously lowering the risk of side-channel attacks.

Take a Hard Line

The benefit of implementing secure hardware into your information security strategy is clear: fewer productivity bottlenecks caused by processor-heavy security software coupled with strengthened security endpoints leads to more efficient ways to meet regulatory compliance mandates.

For more information on how Intel’s security-enabled processors can protect your business, please read “Protect Your Data from Prying Eyes.” Join in the social conversation, follow @IntelITCenter, and be sure to use #ITCenter.