Work securely from anywhere without the fear of modern threats

Over a year on from the start of the pandemic, it looks like working from home is here to stay- whether it be on a hybrid or fulltime basis. As a consequence of this approach, the volume of corporate data accessed from home and the number of endpoints (both personal & corporate) used to access the corporate network from beyond the traditional perimeter has drastically increased.

This has left some organisations vulnerable to attack and cybercriminals were quick to capitalise on this, with the World Economic Forum reporting a 238% increase in global cyberattacks between February – April 2020. Defending against these attacks became more challenging with distributed workforces no longer protected by corporate firewalls and accessing data via insecure connections.

As a result, the perimeter has shifted from the network to the endpoint. However, with the mass increase of IoT devices in the home, ensuring the security of all these is not always simple, for example a study by KuppingerCole found that 56% of printers are accessible via often-used open printer ports that could be hacked.

Furthermore, the Blurred Lines & Blind Spots review found a culture change as a result of homeworking, whereby employees do things they wouldn’t do in the office which leave them much more susceptible to hackers. For example, 30% of survey respondents admit they’ve allowed someone else to use their work laptop and 70% use their corporate devices for personal tasks. This subjects organisations to risks they can no longer see and increases their risk of a breach.

So, how do you enable a distributed, hybrid workforce without exposing your business to increased cyber risk?

The extreme fix to this is restricting access and adding layers of authentication, however this dents productivity. Another approach is using machine learning to spot possible auto-generate malware, however malware developers also have access to these tools and can tweak the code until it evades detection.

Instead, security should be built on a Zero Trust approach, which states that nothing should be trusted implicitly- access to resources should be assessed based on context (e.g user, device, location). Crucially, this applies to all elements on the endpoint itself, including firmware, application security, the integrity of the OS, and the account or user accessing data.

To respond to these challenges and provide secure by design technology, HP have introduced HP Wolf Security.

HP Wolf Security is a newly integrated portfolio of secure by design PCs and printers, hardware-enforced endpoint security software, and endpoint security services to deliver comprehensive endpoint protection and cyber-resiliency.

Rooted in Zero Trust principles, HP Wolf Security provides defence-in-depth and enhanced protection, privacy, and threat intelligence, gathering data at the endpoint to help protect the busines. HP Wolf Security helps defend against both known and unknown threats – even Zero Day vulnerabilities. Combining hardware-enforced software and security features with industry-leading endpoint security services, HP Wolf Security implements layered security and enables seamless integrations with the wider security stack.

Click here to learn about HP Wolf Enterprise Security or here for Wolf Pro Security.

Ultima’s HP Inc Partnership

Ultima has been an HP Inc partner for over 20 years, offering customers a wide range of hardware services and technical expertise. As an HP Amplify Power Partner, we have access to roadmaps and solutions that can provide mobility and improve productivity. Our partner status acts as proof of our ongoing commitment to keep our technical teams fully up-to-date with the latest product developments, in turn allowing us to give our customers the best and most current advice to make informed decisions about their IT infrastructure.

We’ve also joined the HP Amplify Impact programme, an industry-first partner assessment, resource and training programme aimed at driving meaningful change across its three Sustainable Impact pillars – Planet, with an emphasis on climate change; People with an emphasis on human rights and social justice; and Community with an emphasis on bridging the digital divide. Through this programme, Ultima will work with HP to assess our own practices while tapping into the HP’s extensive investments and initiatives. Learn more here.

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