Finding a holistic solution to your security needs | May 2019 Newsletter
Computers and digital technology continue to evolve at a rapid pace, as do the increasingly sophisticated malware and virus threats that accompany them.
As the scope of these threats increases and the number of connected devices explodes, having a holistic solution in place that encompasses hardware and software security – to ensure your business runs effectively – has never been more important.
And while modern operating systems have come a long way in terms of having security features ‘baked in’ – Windows 10, for example, includes some highly advanced security measures – there’s no such thing as having too much security.
A whole new BIOSphere in hardware security
Meanwhile, computing hardware has undergone something of a minor revolution with regards to its security offerings, in parallel with those offered by the world’s leading software and operating system providers.
HP’s Elite range is a good case in point. The latest versions build on the PC maker’s BIOS security solutions and come complete with a security architecture that includes HP Sure Start Gen4, HP Sure Run, and HP Sure Recover covering data, identity and devices.
Together, these offer automated protections, customisable safeguards and easy manageability, while Sure Start Gen4 inspects the system BIOS around the clock and automatically self-heals if the BIOS is damaged by malware or any other type of corruption.
At the same time, HP Sure Run uses hardware-enforced protection to keep critical processes running while HP Sure Recover lets you reimage your device with only a network connection.
Additionally, HP Client Security Manager Gen4 helps users configure a number of security features embedded in HP PCs, including HP Sure Run, SpareKey and more, while HP Multi-Factor Authenticate Gen2 is designed for added network and VPN protection, requiring up to three types of authentication for login.
Enhanced data encryption
Web browsers remain the primary port of entry for malware and other online threats, and HP’s Elite range contains Sure Click, an additional solution designed to isolate potentially malicious content before it can affect tabs, applications or the operating system.
Additionally, self-encrypting hard drives use hardware-based encryption to protect their contents, even after the drive is removed from the PC. Being hardware-based, they have the added bonus of having almost no impact on the machine’s performance.
The security features now available on state-of-the-art computers can provide the perfect complement to those updating their software and operating systems, adding layers of authentication and encryption to your IT architecture. ‘Security first’ is a great mantra, and it’s great to have the hardware and software solutions to make it a reality.