Intel's vPro technology will contain an interesting new tactic for improving security. Using virtualization technology, where a system can be partitioned up to run different types of software simultaneously, Intel will set up a new kind of security checkpoint within a machine. This checkpoint can be used to guard a machine by monitoring network traffic into it and taking action if something looks fishy.

We had to come up with some better, more proactive, more intelligent [and] more automated ways to defend our systems," said Gregory Bryant, general manager for the Digital Office Platforms Group at Intel, in Santa Clara, Calif.