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Cybercrime Is On The Rise - How To Protect Company Devices

21 July 2020

Unfortunately, during these tough times of economic uncertainty and operational changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the coronavirus isn’t the only virus to sweep the world, with organisations seeing an increase in data breaches and specifically, ransomware attacks. 

Although we can’t be certain that all of the attacks are due to cyber-criminals taking advantage of the crisis situation, there is a lot of speculation that ‘bad actors’ are making the most of less-secure home networks to access and hold business data to ransom. Cyfirma even report that their threat visibility and intelligence research showed a 600% increase in cyber threat indicators from February to March in relation to the pandemic.

Cybercrime Is On The Rise - How To Protect Company Devices

However, cyber-security isn't just a threat during the pandemic - it's also one of the top post-covid concerns highlighted at the World Economic Forum (The Global Risks Report 2021).

With so many employees still working remotely, and flexible working forecasted to continue after the pandemic, security is of the utmost importance and while employees are using devices away from the office, you need to consider how to approach security issues and make sure everyone is protected regardless of the network they’re connected to.

It’s also important to realise that every company is vulnerable to these attacks - for example, Honda recently suffered a large breach, meaning they had to stop global production and give some employees time off as they couldn’t access their work laptops. 

The attack on Honda is the latest in a string around the world, as cyber security experts have warned of the risk of an increase because the pandemic has left hundreds of thousands of staff using computer laptops on unsecured home WiFi. (Carmaker Honda targeted in cyber attack, FT)

With new malware being engineered every few minutes, even fully updated anti-virus often can't keep up - in fact, 52% of today’s endpoint attacks are missed by traditional signature based antivirus (Ponemon Institute 2018 State of Endpoint Security Risk sponsored by Barkly, October 2018). VPNs and user training go a long way, but aren't enough.

That's were solutions like HP's Sure Click really come in handy.

HP Sure Click helps strengthen security at your PC’s most vulnerable entry points using a different approach: application isolation. Rather than trying to recognize malware, it opens untrusted websites and files in their own isolated virtual containers, called micro-virtual machines (micro-VM). If there is malicious code present, these micro-VMs trick the malware into thinking it’s running inside your computer, when in fact it’s trapped.

Inside the hardware-enforced micro-VM, malware is unable to affect your PC, access your files, or even get into other browser tabs. When the browser tab or Office file is closed, the entire micro-VM is automatically discarded—and the malware trapped within it is deleted. No special training or additional quarantine procedures are needed; just close the browser tab or file, and the malware is gone.

 

HP Sure Click is part of HP's Device as a Service offering, which is a complete lifecycle programme for managed end-user laptops, but can also be purchased separately for any brand of devices.

Aside from Sure Click, here’s a breakdown of the other prevention, security and management features included with our HP DaaS solution (The World’s Most Secure PCs - A complete guide to HP security, HP):

HP Sure Sense
Sure Sense uses deep learning AI to detect and prevent threats in real-time, meaning any malicious or unusual activities are picked up on before they can become an issue.

HP Sure View
Sure View is a built-in privacy screen that can be enabled at a touch of a button, allowing only the user sitting directly in front of the screen to see what’s on it. 

HP Privacy Camera
The privacy camera on the HP secure devices includes a physical shutter to protect from malicious surveillance of the user.

HP Secure Erase
Secure Erase takes deleting files to the next level, using a BIOS-level feature that permanently destroys sensitive data from hard drives and solid-state drives meaning it can never be recovered or compromised. 

Certified Self-Encrypting Drives
Self-encrypting hard drives and solid-state drives employ hardware-based encryption to protect the content on the drive, even if the drive is removed from the device.

HP Sure Start
Sure Start continuously inspects the BIOS and automatically heals the BIOS if it’s been damaged by malware, rootkits or corruption. It is the world’s ONLY self-healing BIOS.

HP Sure Run
Sure Run is all about keeping critical processes running with the help of hardware enforced protection by monitoring all key processes and alerting users and IT of any changes and restarting processes automatically if they are stopped. 

HP Sure Recover
Sure Recover is built into the device hardware and firmware and enables end-users to restore their machines quickly and securely to the latest image using a network connection. IT can even schedule re-imaging for an entire fleet of devices. 

HP Endpoint Security Controller 
Endpoint Security Controller is the hardware foundation for the security architecture in HP devices. It’s physically isolated and cryptographically protected hardware creates the root of trust that enables hardware-enforced, self-healing, manageable security solutions like HP Sure Start, HP Sure Run and HP Sure Recover.

HP Client Security Manager
Client Security Manager enables IT professionals to control a variety of the security features built into the HP devices - including Sure Run and SpareKey. 

HP SpareKey
SpareKey allows you to reset passwords and restore access to locked PCs (for when someone forgets their password!) without the need of IT intervention, using a set of predetermined security questions.

HP Multi-Factor Authenticate
Multi-Factor Authenticate helps keep your network and VPN safe from unauthorised access by requiring up to three factors of authentication for login.

HP Image Assistant
Image Assistant is all about developing and maintaining a robust software image and ensuring that it remains up to date with the latest patches and upgrades and is implemented consistently across the fleet of devices. 

HP Manageability Integration Kit
The HP Manageability Integration Kit (MIK) is designed to integrate with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to help IT administrators update and maintain software and security settings across your fleet of PCs.

So there you have it - the devices provided with HP DaaS are secure laptops with multi-layered, enterprise-class security providing: malware protection, real-time policy violation and firewall, and antivirus disruption alerts, plus find, lock, and erase functionality. They are the only laptops capable of protecting against both Malware and Ransomware attacks effectively, without the need for IT intervention.

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