HPE Unveils New Advances in Firmware Security
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) recently unveiled their newest advances in silicon-based security, including new methods specifically designed to address firmware attacks. With cyber security increasingly becoming an issue for both corporations and governments alike, HPE is confident that their new advances will help to balance the playing field and bring back a measure of security to clients. Aside from addressing security concerns, HPE also announced that they have made improvements to their software-defined infrastructure, which provides clients with new tools for economic flexibility and responsiveness.
Although cybersecurity has also been an issue, in recent years firmware attacks have become one of the main focal points for both security experts and hackers alike. HPE hopes that with the improvements to its firmware, it will be able to prevent future exploits that have plagued other popular systems. As further proof of this issue, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) revealed that in 2016 alone, more than 50% of digital security professionals experienced at least one malware attack that targeted vulnerable firmware.
In order to combat this issue, HPE has developed what it refers to as the “Silicon root of trust,” which essentially creates a link between HPE’s custom silicon and the Integrated Lights-Out firmware. By developing and maintaining this link, it will be much more difficult for servers to execute a command with compromised firmware code. Since this layer of protection is going to be built directly into the silicon, it will be far more difficult for hackers to exploit in the future.
This link will also effectively act as a fingerprint for each server, ensuring that nothing will boot up if the prints don’t match. As of right now, HPE is currently the only vendor that is capable of providing this type of protection. Of course, HPE is also known for offering state of the art breach detection services, as well as security assessment and protection services. With all of these tools now available to clients, it’s clear that HPE is taking their role as a digital security provider seriously.
Aside from cyber security issues, HPE has also been working on its economic models, in order to provide clients with more options. With new “pay as you go” options, HPE is able to let clients choose exactly what they want for their business, without making any unnecessary sacrifices to their security or digital toolset.
While this is good news for those that like to customise their company’s services, it’s also incredibly useful for those who have been otherwise wasting money on over-provisioning. HPE hopes that by offering new payment models, customers can better streamline their costs and ensure that they’re not overspending on specific services. In fact, HPE is so concerned with affordability that they have even begun to offer clients IT investment strategy workshops. Through these workshops, clients can gain a better insight into how IT operates, and what they need to develop a successful strategy for it. Anyone interested in developing an IT road map for their business will want to consider looking into the workshop for more information.
As it stands, it’s clear that HPE is making steps to provide greater value to customers, and is hoping to build the greater trust in their brand moving forward. With more protections in place and a more flexible payment model, it will be interesting to see how clients respond to these changes.
For information on how best to secure your business as well as the latest offerings from HPE, contact our specialist team at EMPR Australia on 1300 134 324 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org