IGEL Enhances the Security Capabilities of UD7 Endpoints

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IGEL Enhances the Security Capabilities of UD7 Endpoints

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 09:28
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Powered by the AMD Embedded RX-216GD processor, the IGEL UD7 now features the built-in capabilities of the AMD Secure Processor

AWS RE:INVENT BOOTH #429, LAS VEGAS, Dec. 3, 2019 – IGEL, provider of the next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces, today announced that it has integrated the AMD Secure Processor on IGEL UD7 endpoints, effectively creating a dedicated ‘chain of trust’ security system that further strengthens IGEL’s security posture. IGEL UD7 featuring the integrated AMD Secure Processor will be on display this week at AWS Re:Invent, Booth #429.

“IGEL is committed to ensuring that our customers and partners benefit from advanced security capabilities available today,” said Matthias Haas, CTO, IGEL. “IGEL OS Workspace Edition already includes support for UEFI Secure Boot validation, which is one of the many steps we are taking at IGEL to further enhance the security of our hardware and software offerings. The integration of the AMD Secure Processor, which adds yet another layer of security for sensitive data and trusted applications, is the next phase in that ‘chain of trust’.”

AMD Secure Processor technology is a hardware-based security system built right into select AMD processors, including the AMD RX-216GD system-on-a-chip, which powers IGEL UD7 endpoints. Putting the protection right on the processor, this integration leverages a dedicated security system, initiating IGEL’s security chain of trust at the hardware level.

The IGEL ‘chain of trust’ includes: first, the AMD Secure Processor on the AMD Embedded processor checks whether the UEFI binary is cryptographically signed by IGEL, verifying that the UEFI binary is authentic and not manipulated. The UEFI checks the bootloader for a UEFI Secure Boot signature; the bootloader then checks the IGEL OS Linux kernel. If the OS partitions signatures on disk are correct, IGEL OS is started and the partitions are mounted. Next, for users connecting to a VDI or cloud environment, access software such as Citrix Workspace App or VMware Horizon 7 checks the certificate of the connected server for an unparalleled ‘chain of trust’.

“We are excited to see IGEL integrate the AMD Secure Processor into IGEL UD7 security, giving their customers a robust privacy and security solution that starts at the processor level,” said Stephen Turnbull, director of product management and business development, Embedded Solutions, AMD. “Together, AMD embedded processors and IGEL endpoints offer advanced security features for customers using IGEL systems.”

IGEL UD7 is part of IGEL’s family of Universal Desktop™ endpoints, and designed for virtual desktops and cloud workspace environments where high-performance and access to multiple, high-resolution displays is required, such as video production and CAD design suites, newsrooms, operations centres and hospital diagnostics centres.