Intel’s latest vPro processors add memory encryption and expand Endpoint Detection Response support

Kareem Anderson

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Over the past few years, Intel has branded a select few of its flagship processors with the vPro label which often meant enterprise support-level performance, and this year, the company is all in on security improvements for the vPro lineup.

Earlier this week, Intel’s professional-grade vPro 13th Gen chips were launched alongside a list of PC manufacturers set to deliver these new edge-security led chips that include Samsung, Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo Fujitsu, and more. According to Intel, the vPro on its 13th Generation core processors will have built-in hardware security to detect ransomware and software supply chain breaches as they expand support for Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) through Intel’s Threat Detection Technology, aka Software Guard.

Intel also added this year, a new IT-level memory encryption to help monitor the security of users who access virtualization workflows.

With the use of AI, Intel’s Software Guard provides proactive scanning for threats such as ransomware and cyrptomining constantly as well as having the ability to lock down memory in the BIOS against firmware attacks and enforces secure boot at the hardware level.

Intel vPro won’t come with every PC, but for customers in larger business enterprises, the SMB sector, healthcare, education, banking, manufacturing, government, or retail, these updates coming with 13th generation processors should be a welcomed addition.