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Intel creates new cybersecurity group addressing Meltdown and Spectre attacks

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Intel CEO, on Monday, said that Intel is creating a new internal security group called “Intel Product Assurance and Security”, following the news major security flaws Meltdown and Spectre affecting all devices.

“Intel Product Assurance and Security” will be led by Intel’s HR chief Leslie S. Culberston, the lady working at Intel since 1979, an Oregonian newspaper reported.

“Security is job number one for Intel and our industry. So, the primary focus of our decisions and our discussions have been to keep our customer’s data safe,” said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at CES Show 2018 in Las Vegas.

Intel CEO has reassigned a number of experienced executives to the new security group. Intel’s head of technology group- Josh Walden, and Intel VP and general manager of datacenter engineering group- Steve Smith, will now work for the new internal security group.

“It is critical that we continue to work with the industry, to excel at customer satisfaction, to act with uncompromising integrity, and to achieve the highest standards of excellences,” Krzanich told employees in a memo obtained by The OregonLive. “Simply put, I want to ensure we continue to respond appropriately, diligently, and with a customer-first attitude.”

The recently discovered malicious actors Spectre and Meltdown created a buzz among the leading tech companies including Intel, Microsoft, and Apple. Intel was silent for a week, and then announced that it will release new security updates (within a week) for 90% of the processors which the company introduced in past five years. The chipmaker will release updates for remaining processors by end of the January.

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We believe the performance impact of these updates is highly workload-dependent. As a result, we expect some workloads may have a larger impact than others, so we will continue working with the industry to minimize the impact on those workloads over time,” Krzanich added.

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