Protection against malware and spyware
Issue Even in a cloud-based environment, IT must address and manage the ongoing threat of malware and spyware. Intelligent clients can perform regular client checking to ensure the active presence of security agents. If an agent fails to “check in” as expected, it is presumed the agent has been removed, tampered with, or disabled, triggering an alert to the security console. By using an intelligent client, you can virtually eliminate the ability of users or malware to circumvent virus protection. For example, if a user disables virus scan agents—unintentionally or intentionally—or malware attacks and infects a platform, that action triggers an alert, quarantines the system, and reinitializes the agent. Intel provides this capability through Intel Active Management Technology, or Intel AMT, which is a component of the Intel Core processor family with vPro technology.4 In a traditional environment, management consoles poll or scan to ensure that software agents are present. However, this takes up network bandwidth and only occurs if the operating system is present and operational and the platform is powered on and attached to the corporate LAN. It also means that many mobile client systems, along with systems that are powered off, cannot be scanned. Intel AMT overcomes these limitations by enabling third-party software agents to register with Intel AMT firmware. After registration, the third-party management console software periodically checks for agent presence according to corporate policy—and since it’s all done locally, it doesn’t affect network performance. If agents don’t respond, an alert is sent to the management console, and configuration settings determine next steps. For example, the system can take immediate action, such as isolating the system from network access while leaving a port open to allow the reinstallation of the disabled agent. With Intel AMT, you can reduce the number of support calls required to remedy the effects of agent disabling or misconfiguration. You can also realize user productivity gains through increased platform stability and faster problem resolution.
How intelligent clients can help
4 For more information about Intel AMT, see the Architecture Guide: Intel® Active Management Technology. http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/architecture-guide-intel-active-management-technology/
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