The “Intel” on Intel is… We do software! by Andy Thurai

Are you surprised? I start off most of my presentations/conferences with the following question:

How many of you know that Intel ‘does’ Software?

Very few hands usually go up, and that is exactly the challenge I have today in getting the word out about other exciting developments that people wouldn’t normally associate with this technology juggernaut. And while the Silicon Valley behemoth often conjures up images of powering a plethora of devices (including phones too!), it’s Application Security & Identity Products division (ASIP), my unit, that is quickly escaping the formidable shadow of the “mother ship” as it gains prominence in the world at large with Cloud, Application security, Identity and Tokenization software. Intel’s ASIP group is on the cutting edge of innovation in a myriad of ways with some very advanced technologies such as Cloud SSO, Cloud-based Identity services, Identity Manager, OTP (One Time Password), Big Data, Analytics, API Gateway, Cloud Service Broker, Security Gateway, Mobile middleware and Security as a Service.

Every Intel commercial you see on TV, or through other media channels, usually promotes Intel chips, as that is a core strength of ours. But I want you to be aware that we are far more than just chips. We are a leading edge technology company that constantly renews itself as well as its raison d’être. We hold more patents than almost anyone else in almost every field that we are in. And we employ an army of engineers in some of the largest research efforts in the world, with one of the largest research budgets.

There was a great article in Forbes not too long ago, about how Intel is one of the largest software companies in the world, that you’ve never heard about. Lead by our fearless leader, Renee James – SVP of Intel’s Software group, Intel recently announced Security as our third pillar. Our CEO Paul Otellini didn’t just stop there; he showed the world he meant it by acquiring McAfee soon after. However, we’ve also made some very key strategic acquisitions in software security and identity areas to strengthen our position. Those include, but are not limited to: McAfee, Nordic Edge, Sarvega, WindRiver… (a complete list can be seen on the Forbes link below or at This is consistent with our strategy. We continue to acquire and develop a lot more software/ security solutions with unwavering commitment.

You might be surprised to learn the following:

  • Intel turbo-charges the Linux community by putting hundreds of full-time engineers to work on the free operating system.
  • Intel’s tools helped Apple’s engineers move its Macintosh computers to Intel processors.
  • Intel helped Google move into the Smartphone business.
  • Maybe the company’s biggest software triumph has been its push into high-performance computing. Five of the ten fastest supercomputers in the world now run Intel’s chips.
  • Intel has a solution that helps companies Tokenize their sensitive data.
  • Intel’s Cloud Service Broker (CSB) and API Gateway solutions help companies seamlessly move their enterprise applications to the cloud.

Along these lines, Intel has been a pivotal partner on many projects that have helped to move the “proverbial needle” by developing tools, frameworks and enhancements – all of which often have gone unrecognized since the efforts are not branded with any kind of Intel logo.

With the acquisition of security software vendor McAfee last year, Intel became one of the world’s 10 largest software companies. – Forbes May 2012.

If you have time, I suggest you give our annual report a read. You’ll get a first-hand look at the contributions of the software division. They are impressive. Just from the numbers alone, we could easily be considered one of the largest software vendors in the world.

We, the software group of Intel, get access to information coming from the advanced security labs of McAfee and extreme performance labs from Intel. This allows our software unit to understand what is coming down the road and architect solutions for the future. That is why when you choose Intel for any of the aforementioned products, the performance comparison numbers against our direct competitors our numbers are truly outstanding. If you have any questions about this, please give me a shout and I will demonstrate to you how awesome we really are.

A very familiar AllState commercial states “Are you in good hands?”, With Intel I can guarantee you are.

Andy Thurai — Chief Architect & CTO, Application Security and Identity Products, Intel

Andy Thurai is Chief Architect and CTO of Application Security and Identity Products with Intel, where he is responsible for architecting SOA, Cloud, Governance, Security, and Identity solutions for their major corporate customers. In his role, he is responsible for helping Intel/McAfee field sales, technical teams and customer executives. Prior to this role, he has held technology architecture leadership and executive positions with L-1 Identity Solutions, IBM (Datapower), BMC, CSC, and Nortel. His interests and expertise include Cloud, SOA, identity management, security, governance, and SaaS. He holds a degree in Electrical and Electronics engineering and has over 20+ years of IT experience.

He blogs regularly at on Security, SOA, Identity, Governance and Cloud topics. You can find him on LinkedIn at


Intel Cloud SSO is Live!

Today, Intel announced ( the general availability of Intel Cloud SSO.

Intel Cloud SSO is a pure cloud-based identity solution from three of the most trusted names in the industry—Intel, McAfee and—that simplifies the cumbersome process of providing users with access to hundreds of SaaS apps.

Features include:

  • A single point of management, control, access & authentication for enterprise SaaS accounts
  • Secure single sign-on (SSO) to hundreds of SaaS apps, using all major authentication models (SAML, HTML forms, API)
  • SaaS account provisioning & de-provisioning
  • Identity Bridge technology enables secure authentication and automated provisioning/de-provisioning, using enterprise AD/LDAP directories
  • Strong authentication with one-time password (OTP) identity assurance using any mobile phone, and context-aware access restrictions driven by run-time user attributes

and much more…

Attend a webinar “First Look…Intel Cloud SSO Deep Dive”, on Thursday, May 24 at 1 pm Eastern, where we’ll take a deep dive into the product and hear from a beta test customer.

View a demo video on YouTube.

Visit to learn more and sign up for a 30-day free trial.

Webinar: Applying Strong Authentication and Data Loss Prevention to Collaborative File Sharing (April 26)

Join us for what will be a very informative webinar on Applying Strong Authentication and Data Loss Prevention to Collaborative File Sharing

April 26th 2012 – Time: 10:00 AM PDT, 1:00 PM EDT

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Employees love the convenience and utility of collaborative file sharing applications like Box. Sharing contracts, graphics/video files, or other corporate content using a cloud-based service empowers users to share information directly with external partners-outside traditional enterprise security controls.

While you want to encourage productivity, you also need a strategy that addresses how you’re going to control access to file sharing applications and inspect data before it leaves the enterprise.

In this webinar Intel, McAfee and Box join forces to discuss how your sensitive content can be protected throughout the collaboration life cycle—from access and upload to download and distribution.

You will learn:

  • Overview of typical file sharing use cases and workflows
  • Streamlining access for users
  • Tying federated authentication to corporate ID stores
  • Adding 2nd factor strong authentication for sensitive document security
  • Blocking sensitive files from upload
  • On-prem, 100% in the cloud, and hybrid SaaS access options

As a bonus, all attendees will be eligible to receive a free enterprise trial account from Box.






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March 29th Analyst Webinar – Identity and Access Management in the Cloud: Real or Mirage?





Traditional IAM solutions have not kept pace with cloud innovation and new approaches to identity and access management are gaining ground. Should you move your IAM infrastructure to the cloud? What is the role of related standards? These and more questions will be addressed in a free webinar “Identity & Access Management in the Cloud: Real or Mirage?”, hosted by Intel and industry analyst firm KuppingerCole on March 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM Pacific (1:00 PM Eastern, 7:00 PM CEST).

In this webinar KuppingerCole Sr. Analyst Dave Kearns will discuss the benefits and challenges of moving use identities to the cloud. Vikas Jain, Director of Product Management at Intel, will follow with an overview of Intel Cloud SSO, Intel’s newest identity and security solution for the cloud. Click here to register for this informative event.

451 Group Report on Intel Cloud SSO

As we introduced Intel Cloud SSO Beta last week at RSA conference, Steve Coplan, Senior Analyst with the 451 Group Enterprise Security Practice wrote a report on Intel’s solution.

Few highlights from the report:

  • Intel’s cloud access broker strategy, predicated on the convergence of authentication and federation with API governance, as well as roadmap integration of McAfee security functionality, makes for a compelling vision.
  • Intel is looking to make a splash by providing bundled pricing for application connectors, federated single sign-on (SSO) and authentication.
  • As we outlined some three years ago, by introducing a new network topology, cloud computing establishes the need for a new network device that we refer to as a cloud access gateway. As the API revolution takes hold, security and access management for the cloud is a stepping stone to solidifying Intel’s ambitions to addressing the opportunity.

You can read the complete 451 Group research report here.

Intel introduces IAM as-a-service for cloud apps

Intel Cloud SSO LogoAt the RSA conference 2012 this week, we’re excited to introduce a new cloud service “Intel Cloud SSO” for Enterprises to provide Identity and Access Management (IAM) for cloud applications from the cloud. The service runs on Salesforce’s platform as-a-service (PaaS), and offers secure seamless single sign-on access to 100+ SaaS applications through pre-built connectors. End users have to remember just one password to login into the service’s SSO portal, from where they can launch all the applications they are allowed to access. This single sign-on experience eliminates password sprawl, improving security and user productivity. To help Enterprise IT deal with on-boarding/off-boarding of users, the service includes role based automated provisioning/de-provisioning of user accounts into cloud apps.

Intel Cloud SSO service is the cloud version of the Intel Expressway Cloud Access 360 (Intel ECA 360) on-premise software which was released during last year’s RSA conference 2011. We’ve implemented “Freedom Licensing” for both products that allows customers to use either Intel Cloud SSO or Intel ECA 360, or both, for the same license fee, providing ultimate flexibility to our customers.

The service provides enhanced security and improved IT controls by:

  • Including One-time Password based step-up authentication when accessing secure cloud apps. The built-in One-time Password technology supports mobile soft-tokens through a downloadable mobile app.
  • Customers using Intel Ultrabook client devices to access cloud applications can leverage the service’s seamless trusted device authentication by integrating with Intel Identity Protection Technology.
  • Including policies that IT can use to restrict access to cloud apps based on various contextual elements such as: which mobile device the user is accessing from, accessing from corporate network or not, etc.
  • Customers can use their corporate identity store (such as Active Directory) and Kerberos to authenticate into service’s SSO Portal, thereby eliminating even the password required to sign in to the service’s SSO portal.

Do I need to be an IAM expert to use it?

No. When we were building Intel Cloud SSO, we laid out basic tenet for the service – keep it simple. Anybody should be able to configure and use it, and shouldn’t require special skills. Having worked with other IAM systems in the past, this wasn’t an easy goal to achieve …

How can I get access to the service?

Currently, the service is in a Beta phase. You can apply for Beta by visiting

Is it available through McAfee?

McAfee (an Intel company) already sells Intel ECA 360 software as McAfee Cloud Identity Manager under the McAfee Cloud Security Platform (read post), and plan to include this service in its portfolio later this year.

Vikas Jain is Director of Product Management at Intel Corporation responsible for Cloud Identity and Security Products. You can follow him on Twitter @VikasJainTweet