Protecting data is critical to all of us who connect to the digital world, and Intel leads that effort across the developer ecosystem with innovative technologies and solutions based on a silicon root of trust.
Everything Changes & Everything Stays the Same
Intel research and technology not only enables advanced, next generation usages with high performance AI, but does it with best practices in security and privacy to ensure trustworthiness.
Big changes are unlikely in the operational sense, as things change incrementally in enterprise IT. But attackers will stay ahead of us unless we step up and protect against future attacks, using the latest/greatest arsenal we have.
AI for Client Platform Security
IT departments are inundated with data, and they face huge challenges in keeping their businesses running while maximizing user experience and minimizing costs. By leveraging AI models, IT departments can intelligently recognize anomalies and proactively respond to them. Without such capabilities, tens or even hundreds of hours of valuable productivity would be lost.
Traditional models supporting device health dictated that data be extracted from client devices, shipped and analyzed in the cloud, and then reacted to through traditional patching tools. There are a number of challenges with this approach. First, such models are privacy-challenged as potentially sensitive end user data is shipped to the cloud. Second, this creates a large attack surface for potential malicious actors. Third, the volume of data is sufficiently large that only a fraction can be forwarded without significantly degrading device usability. Third, these efforts are manually intensive as experienced engineers must pour through troves of data to find the signal that will enable them to find and address the root-cause of the problem. Last, remediation takes days, if not weeks, in this paradigm.
By enabling intelligence on edge devices, Intel enables problems to be dealt with privately and securely on edge devices with little to no impact on user productivity.
As compute becomes more and more ubiquitous and diverse, cyber threats proliferate and become increasingly sophisticated. The security industry is increasingly relying on AI-based solutions to solve many challenging security problems that traditional signature or rule based solutions are ineffective.
Adversarial Machine Learning
Understanding vulnerabilities and resiliency of machine learning—particularly deep learning algorithms—helps identify the AI attack surfaces and promotes new waves of analytically-secured AI frameworks. Intel is a pioneer in recognizing the importance of adversarial machine learning. In 2016, Intel launched a three-year collaboration project with a $1.5 million grant through the Intel Science and Technology Center (ISTC) to Georgia Tech Institute, focusing on adversarial resilient security analytics (ARSA).
ISTC-ARSA has expanded adversarial machine learning research in domains such as malware analysis, computer vision and audio recognition. The cutting-edge technologies and methodologies developed by Intel and Georgia Tech collaboration result in multiple publications in top-tier security or machine learning conferences and summit.
Besides funding fundamental security research, Intel is working with leading security vendors to protect the integrity of their AI models through hardware-enhanced security capabilities. These include Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX) in our latest processors, and high-quality hardware telemetry data for improving the robustness of AI classifiers. These and other Intel hardware-enhanced security efforts will help to make AI more resilient and make it more difficult for adversarial attacks to succeed.
The attack surfaces identified on AI algorithms indicate a need for better-designed AI frameworks and continuing hardware innovation to accelerate them. The industry needs more researchers and engineers with in-depth knowledge in both AI and security to provide the next generation of innovation. Such expertise already is in great demand.
Intel acknowledges its responsibility to build up this talent pool. Via Intel’s university collaboration investments, Intel supports students to continue research in this domain and promotes frameworks developed by academics to be used as training tools.