This article is sponsored by HPI
On 24th October 2017, HPI promoted their new cybersecurity innovations embedded in their latest range of laptops and Multifunction Printers, to an audience of senior IT leaders in Kuala Lumpur.
Attackers prefer to take the route of least resistance when looking for a way to penetrate a network, so if the biggest gaps are at the endpoint, that's where they will target. These include single factor password protection for endpoints, unencrypted storage, no BIOS protection and more. The attendees at the event added that their key concerns were primarily around their users, which they agreed to be their weakest link in security.
Due to these gaps and others, the percentage of breaches involving a compromised user's device have more than doubled over the last six years whilst the proportion of attacks on servers and networks has declined, according to research by HPI.
Up until now, most organisations have simply accepted these risks, factoring them as low likelihood, or perhaps simply because they are confident that their existing toolbox of security solutions can detect and prevent attacks once they got into the network. But relying on a patchwork of tools leads to added complexity for the IT security team. There's also the consideration that the business impact in the event of a successful attack is growing due to new data privacy regulations and the cost involved in downtime.
So rather than relying on solutions at the network level to counter threats, an alternative approach is to deploy security solutions actually into endpoints, thereby countering vulnerabilities before they are exploited, closing the vulnerability gap.
In response these trends, HPI has made security an essential feature in all its products, making HP's new product line of laptops the world's most secure and manageable PCs on the market.
The representatives from HPI, led by Managing Director for Malaysia, Kym Lim, explained how their latest HP Elite range of products equipped with 7th Gen Intel Core processors come with HP Sure Start Bios that secures below the operating system device firmware & hardware security. This means that security is built into devices, not bolted on, ultimately making security more manageable by reducing vulnerabilities and simplifying the management of security policies and deployment across endpoint devices.
HPI devices also come with multi-factor authentication embedded within devices at the silicone level. This allows for the combination of a password or pin, a token and biometrics. You can choose from two out of seven possible identification factors, which equates to being 1 million times more secure than relying on a password alone.
Also, to combat visual hacking, HPI devices also come with an integrated privacy screen to restrict the view of screens starting from 35°from the centre. This reduces up to 95% of the visible light, drastically reducing risk when viewing sensitive documents.
As well as combating the vulnerabilities at their source, HPI devices also come with the world's first and only management toolkit certified for the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. This means that IT administrators can manage all their device security features remotely for their entire fleet, without the need to develop additional plug-ins for HPI PCs when managed in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager.
Whilst there are a vast range of security solutions to help provide resilience and defence in depth, many organisations continue to operate with serious security gaps at their endpoints. HPI's security solutions embedded within the endpoint close these gaps, making HPI devices not only the most secure, but also the most manageable.