Intel announced that its 6th Gen (Skylake) Core vPro processors are now available for purchase. With Skylake, Intel opted to introduce a new security technology called Intel Authenticate to increase the amount of protection provided by vPro processors.
The Intel Authenticate software is still in development, but users are now able able to preview and test the software themselves. The software uses multiple authentication factors in order to determine who is accessing the system and ensure it is the correct person. The system supports up to three hardened factors that can consist of an item you have such as a smartphone or ring, a physical feature such as a retinal scan or fingerprint, or something you need to remember such as a password.
If the software is configured to use three identification factors, then just entering your password or scanning your fingerprint won’t be enough to grant you access to the system. This software uses the vPro hardware in order to enhance the accuracy of these authentication factors, and it is not supported on non-vPro processors. Intel Authenticate is compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.
Systems using the Skylake vPro processors are now available from several OEMs including Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Panasonic and Toshiba.