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Wed 8 Apr 2009, 12:32

Building an Intel AMT Agent Monitor (Part 1)

Building an Intel AMT Agent Monitor (Part 1)
This article explores the security benefits of Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT), specifically the System Defense feature, network security policies and heuristic filters to finally build an Agent monitor (or "Agent Presence"). This article is written by Javier Andres Caceres Alvis. Javier works as a Software Engineer for Aranda Software (ISV enabling for Intel AMT).


Intel AMT has two closely related features: System Defense and Agent Presence. Below is a brief description of what they are and how to use them:

• System Defense (previously known as "circuit breaker"): is in short the capacity of a machine to block the traffic of packets through a network security policy. A network security policy is the way to group filters and a filter is a test made to the incoming or outgoing traffic from one machine to verify if it meets certain conditions (for example, a common condition is to review the packages’ IP).

There are pre-loaded filters and the possibility of creating new ones. Heuristic filters are types of filter that can block the outgoing traffic from one machine to prevent it from infecting / attacking other machines on the network. This ...

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