Intel vPro is certainly nothing new. The Intel platform dedicated to the world of business PCs was presented in 2006 and immediately showed interesting specifications for those who have to manage large amounts of business computers. Over the years, however, it has improved and now offers a couple features that make it truly impossible for IT managers which they have to juggle remote work and data securityeven if it is in small and medium-sized companies or in schools.
Briefly, we remind you that computers based on the vPro platform are clearly identified with a sticker, usually placed on the body surrounding the keyboard. Depending on the versions, they are closely related to motherboard and CPU versioncrucial features may or may not be supported and today we are talking about two active features on release 12 of Intel processors.
The first is sure to be the one that will be loved by IT managers who have to manage a fleet of machines used by remote workers: Intel Active Management. Presented as a technological demo already in 2004, it has been enriched with many functions over the years to become one of the most effective tools in remote control of computer problems.
Intel Active Management actually allows you to connect to a computer that is connected to the Internet, even if the machine cannot boot the operating system, and acts as a remote control system and a diagnostic tool extremely complete.
Access to the computer on which intervention is required it can happen even if the machine is turned off: the only requirements are that it is connected to a cable network or to a Wi-Fi network while connected to the power supply. Exceeding the network cable requirement for remote boot is extremely important if you manage computers away from the office because minimizes the technical requirements for the connection greatly simplify life in the case of machines entrusted to less “technological” employees.
Many IT managers will remember that the performance was not great at the time, with a not very user-friendly setup phase, and perhaps they will have given up on using technology for these complications, but in the last year Intel Launched Intel Endpoint Management Assistant (iEMA)a software system in the cloud (but can also be installed on prem) that through an extremely linear interface makes it super easy to build in vPro systems on your company’s infrastructure and access all control modes.
Because it’s better than a remote control program
Intel Active Management is incredibly more powerful than a remote management program because it is installed at the hardware level and can work without the need for an operating system. It means that if a machine won’t boot, you can still connect and perform all diagnostics of the case. You can access the operating system in safe mode, see the EUFI diagnostic messages on the screen, you can even access the UEFI / BIOS remotely and change the settings.
In practice it is as if you were in front of the user’s PC in all operational aspects from keyboard and mouse: from the moment the power button is pressed (which we have said can be done via cloud connection even when the computer is off) until you have to operate the discs.
In addition, Intel Active Management can be integrated with MSP dealer management systemswhich improves the level of service they can offer customers.
A security feature that cannot be disabled
With the continued need to ensure the protection of data and users from cyber attacks, IT security companies have created a whole range of products and technologies that serve to identify attacks and block them as soon as you are sure.
However, in order to identify these attacks, they must deal with increasingly sophisticated evasion techniques that allow criminals to avoid detection. In the latest versions of its vPro platform, Intel has decided to offer an incredibly powerful tool for certified security software manufacturers: Intel Threat Detection technology.
This technology is implemented at the hardware level and it works as a telemetry ie. it reads and analyzes all the operations going on in the PC and if it finds suspicious operations, it informs the security software that one or more processes pose a threat.
Its major advantage is that it is implemented directly on the platform and cannot be influenced via software. It runs at a lower level than the operating system and does not allow software to block it from running or falsify the data. In this way, antimalware manufacturers have a continuous and reliable source of data to verify that there is no malicious behavior from processes that have managed to evade perimeter defenses.
Intel Threat Detection Technology is particularly effective against ransomware, cryptojacking, supply chain attacks and those exploiting zero day vulnerabilitiesbecause, thanks to the analysis of the processes’ behavior, it can identify the attackers regardless of the method used to carry out the attack.
To date, nine partners incorporate it into their security suites: Microsoft, Dell, ESET, ConnectWise, Fidelis Cybersecurity, bytesatwork, Sequretek and Kingsoft.
“The new generation of the Intel vPro platform” – summarizes Paolo CanepaIntel’s Partner Sales Account Manager – “was designed to offer businesses ever greater security, performance and management. It is the most comprehensive in terms of security for business use thanks to features such as Intel Threat Detection Technology, the only hardware-based for ramsomware detection, or how recognition of anomalies based on artificial intelligence Detection of abnormal behavior. After thatnew functions integrated in silicon they support L‘show up OS virtualization plus Intel chipset improvements with new fault injection detection features help prevent proliferation from malicious code.“
vPro is now a must for businesses
Next to the news we have seen on this page, the platform Intel vPro continues to deliver all the benefits that have distinguished it over the past yearssuch as system driver support over time, “Below the OS” security, and so many others that it is impossible to list them all.
However, it’s worth noting that after more than 15 years of innovation, Intel vPro now delivers a complete portfolio of platforms that meet the technology and power needs of businesses of all sizes.
- Intel vPro Enterprise for Windows is the complete commercial platform dedicated to large and medium-sized companies. It includes a comprehensive set of technologies that help businesses stay ahead of security threats.
- Intel vPro Essentials extends the security and device management features previously intended for large enterprises to small and medium business segments. Intel vPro Essentials also incorporates Intel Hardware Shield to protect Windows OS-based platforms.
- Intel vPro Enterprise for Chrome creates a new class of Chromebooks for use in enterprise environments with the performance, stability and security levels required by professional use. This new platform also allows IT managers to match the right device to the right user.
- In addition, they were introduced PC Intel vPro Evo Design that meets the design criteria of both Intel vPro and Intel Evo and is dedicated to professionals who work anywhere; these PCs are tested and certified to guarantee a working day’s battery life, extreme reactivity even when the PC is disconnected from the power supply, high-quality video conferencing (thanks to good webcam resolution, software performance optimization, latest generation connectivity options, background noise removal dynamics, etc.), slim and light PC design, turns on from standby in less than a second.
Anyone who needs to manage computers at an enterprise level can do it saves a lot of time, gets more security and better performance using machines with vPro technology: the platform designed for the needs of business computing.