Future IT security will focus on securing people and data, says Renée James, president of Intel.
“We will move from securing networks and devices to securing people and data,” she told the McAfee Focus 2013 customer and partner conference in Las Vegas.
“We will also move from collecting data to analysing data to be more proactive,” she said.
Two and a half years after the acquisition of security firm McAfee, James said the partnership is on the verge of enabling a new era of hardware-based security.
“We are on the edge of moving forward in a material way on the vision we had when we acquired McAfee; we are finally at the beginning of change so nobody will think we are insane anymore,” she said.
James was referring to the work Intel and McAfee have been doing since the acquisition to closely integrate microprocessor chips with security software.
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The companies see this strategy as potentially “transformational”. James said not every company has ability to fix security. “But we believe we can because we are in a unique position of touching every device [through Intel’s chipsets],” she said.
However, James said a complete tansformation on the way the world does IT security was likely to take at least another decade. “We are now ready to talk about what ubiquitous security will look like,” she said.
Intel sees integration as the key to making that happen. “There is nothing that precludes integration of networking capabilities; we can solve everything in software if the hardware is right,” said James.
Through chip designs such as Quark and Atom, she said Intel is aiming at pushing a baseline security capability to every computing device, including mobile phones, to datacentre servers.
“No one should have to opt in to security, turn it on or even be aware of it because security is not optional anymore,” said James.
“In the next two years we plan to integrate security to make it ubiquitous by using a secure place in hardware that only Intel can provide – this is the mission we are on,” she said.