PHOTO - (from left) Prakash Mallya (Country Manager of Sales and Marketing, Intel Malaysia); Steve Dallman (Intel's Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group and General Manager of the Worldwide Reseller Channel Organisation); and Daniel Chan (Executive Managing Director, Ingram Micro) at the Anti-Theft Service demonstration in Malaysia.
Technology solutions firm Intel Malaysia, together with Ingram Micro, will make available a laptop theft protection service, which will be available from this April.
The Intel Anti-Theft Service will be available from six selected retailers under Ingram Micro, and will take advantage of built-in security features on Intel laptops powered by second generation Intel Core processors, said Intel Malaysia country manager of sales & marketing, Prakash Mallya.
"Mobile PC usage in Malaysia is on the rise and we expect to further accelerate it with the new Ultrabook TM devices," said Mallya. "Protecting users' sensitive information as well as laptops themselves is paramount."
He said the service uses Intel Anti-Theft Technology (Intel AT) built into the laptop hardware as a foundation to lock down lost or missing laptops. "Additionally, this Service helps create a secure data vault upon service activation where private files can be encrypted and stored. Ingram Micro has collaborated with Intel to provide this service as a paid option to its customers buying laptops that are powered by the second Generation Intel Core processors."
The service will make its debut with six of Ingram Micro's resellers namely Challenger Technologies, Corpacer Malaysia, PC3 Technology, SnS Network, ThunderMatch Technology, and Wynet Solutions. More resellers are slated to offer the service later this year.
"With increased mobility, laptop users around the world face increased risks of theft or loss of device and data. Loss of sensitive data in some cases can be detrimental and expensive," said Intel's vice president, sales and marketing group and general manager of worldwide reseller channel organisation, Steve Dallman. "We are excited to globally collaborate with PC distributors such as Ingram Micro to make this security service available for Intel Core powered laptop users."
Using intelligent hardware to lock a lost or stolen laptop
Mallya said that the Intel Anti-Theft Service took advantage of intelligent hardware to lock down a lost or stolen laptop. "It works even if a thief reimages their hard drive, installs a new hard drive, changes the boot order or avoids connecting to the network. A lost or stolen laptop can be locked-down such that it does not boot by sending a notification over the internet or by using intelligent hardware timers on the laptop."
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