Silverlake Builds Intel-based, ‘Hard’ Security

(L-R): Goh Peng Ooi, Founder and Group Executive Chairman, Santhosh Viswanathan, MD of Intel APJ, Sanjeev Dhar, managing director of Silverlake

Banking and security expert Silverlake MasterSAM (Silverlake) have announced the soft launch of the Silverlake Appliance (SIA) X-300 PAM. General availability of this joint solution by Silverlake and Intel is slated to ship to markets in Southeast Asia, within Q3 of 2019.

In essence, this end-to-end PAM or Privileged Access Management solution, provides hardened security for Silverlake’s PAM technology stack.

Privileged accounts are gold mines within organisations, that hackers tend to target. These accounts provide direct pathway to access IT infrastructures – servers, databases, applications, network and security devices, and so on.

A Privileged Access Management solution like Silverlake’s promises timely detection of breaches and protection of your systems.

What does this Intel-Silverlake collaboration mean?

Silverlake’s General Manager Sanjeev Dhar shared that their PAM solution relies on the operating system of machines, for Silverlake to be able to offer security. With the appliance-based PAM solution, now Silverlake can offer protection by creating a hardware container for apps to protect sensitive data.

On top of that, this technical collaboration with Intel means Silverlake’s solution can leverage Intel’s solutions as well, such as Intel Software Guard Extensions of SGX.

According to Silverlake’s founder and Group Executive Chairman, Goh Peng Ooi, “This means secrets remain protected even when attackers have full control of the platform. So, even if an attack happens, our customers’ data remain safe.”

A standard application for PAM is to manage user IDs of all devices in an organisation’s IT environment. With the X-300 PAM, these devices can become more secure.

Southeast Asia first

Intel’s MD in APJ, Santhosh Viswanathan and Sanjeev are on the same page about creating a solid solution first.

Tight collaboration between the system engineering teams of both companies is the priority now.  Sanjeev talked about investment to locate Silverlake’s system engineering expertise in Penang, which is where Intel’s team is.

This is to ensure there are no gaps in the hardware and software solution.

The idea is to ramp up and scale availability of the appliance using existing Intel and Silverlake ecosystems. From the time the PAM tech stack is ready (and released), it takes about 3 months to get it ready for market together with OEM/ODM hardware makers.

The X-300 PAM appliance has two planned enhancements in 2019. The first enhancement, an Identity Access Management (IAM) capability will be released within Q3. After this, the last release slated to happen in the final quarter of 2019, will offer Acceleration options as well as multiple configuration options.

Joint go-to-market?

Speaking about go-to-market strategies, Sanjeev was clear about the focus being on customers’ experience.

Silverlake’s solution, along with service, support and maintenance, will be all be delivered via the appliance. Sanjeev also alluded to the solution being easy and convenient to deploy, without having to go through hassle of a system integrator deploying the solution.

Besides identity access management, the collaborative solution aims to expand to other areas like data security, Internet of Things, Analytics & Deep Learning, as well as hybrid cloud.

Santhosh had shared that over USD40 billion has gone into building and/or acquiring capabilities for Intel to be a major platform in a data-centric world.

A vertical focus is important as use case problems tend to be vertical-based, Santhosh said. One of the driving factors of this collaboration is to solve (a) vertical-based problems first.  The next step then, would be to scale the solution by leveraging other geographical locations where Intel has presence.

“So, the go-to-market (strategy), may be vertical-focused,” he said.