Intel beats ransomware with Cybereason Hardware Shield

Intel and Cybereason, the security software vendor, are all set to combine the Hardware Shield Technology at the CPU level built using the anti-ransomware capabilities and into upcoming vPro processors.

In CES 2021, Intel launched the 11th Core vPro processors for mobile devices but ransomware protection is not available yet. It showcases the first instance of the PC hardware will include the protection against ransomware for the enterprise endpoints.

Intel Hardware Shield is built in the vPro processors with a bundle of security capabilities including artificial intelligence-based malware detection, Intel Threat Detection Technology, and other intensive workloads.

There are other features included in the Hardware Shield such as encryption to protect data, apps, operating systems, and hardware-accelerated virtualization without affecting the user productivity.

Yonatan Striem-Amit, CTA said that Cybereason is working on a security platform with proper integration to the new technology investments in the anti-ransomware capabilities.

The GPU that includes the offload machine learning models with major advancements like anti-ransomware technologies makes it an ideal platform for Intel. There might be some performance issues if run on a regular CPU without acceleration. With the GPU capabilities, it is possible to run the advanced and complex models without affecting user experience.

Another part is that PMU – Performance Monitoring Unit – CPU can detect the ransomware. The virtualization, Operating System, and applications sit well with the Intel PMU generating the signals on activities. It is possible to detect the threats in real-time.

Intel TDT can easily send out the signal threat detection to trigger remediation. Cybereason Defence Platform can help in detecting the ransomware from other sources as well.

As per Cybereason, there will be a rise in the double extortion ransomware in 2021 with the increase in the attacks. It helps to extract money by evolving their code to prevent any damage to the enterprise victims.

In 2020, the double extortion ransomware attacks were not at their peak since the hackers need to get their hands on sensitive information and send out threats demanding ransom. However, there was a sharp increase in Q3 2020 and it is expected to increase in 2021.

Cybereason observes ransomware threats that can not only put the user’s information at risk but also can be a bit dramatic for companies. It is a commitment that is at risk for companies that took an oath to protect user’s data.

The new system is developed while keeping this in mind to ensure that the damage to user data is prevented.