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Secure by design

HP has introduced HP Wolf Security, a newly integrated portfolio of secure by design PCs and printers, hardware-enforced endpoint security software, and endpoint security services to protect customers from growing cyber threats 

HP Wolf Security’s Blurred Lines & Blindspots Report highlights that the global volume of cyberattacks has increased 238 per cent during the pandemic, with hackers particularly focused on targeting remote workers. 

The report also reveals that endpoints connected to the internet were experiencing 1.5 attacks per minute globally in 2020. As a result, 91 per cent of the IT decision-makers surveyed said they spend more time on endpoint security now than two years ago, with a further 91 per cent reporting that endpoint security has become just as important as network security. 

Rooted in zero trust principles, HP Wolf Security unifies the company’s endpoint protection and cyber defence capabilities on a single platform, backed by security training and certification through HP University. The more integrated offering, which builds on over 20 years of security research and innovation includes everything from self-healing firmware and in-memory breach detection, to threat containment via virtualisation and cloud-based intelligence. HP Wolf Security delivers comprehensive protection by shrinking the addressable attack surface, enabling remote recovery from firmware attacks, enhancing threat data collection and delivering high fidelity alerts. 

Simplify security 

“As the importance of endpoint security continues to grow, we saw an opportunity to create a more integrated offering for customers to simplify security and stay ahead of future threats,” said Ian Pratt, Global Head of Security, Personal Systems, HP Inc. “The leading technology of the future will be secure by design and intelligent enough to not simply detect threats, but to contain and mitigate their impact, and to recover quickly in the event of a breach, which could happen at any time, to any one of us. HP Wolf Security is a new breed of endpoint security tailored for the future of work.” 

The newly integrated HP Wolf Security portfolio is categorised by:

*HP Wolf Security for Home – includes a set of built-in security features for select consumer PCs as well as HP Wolf Essential Security software and services. HP Wolf Essential Security is included on select home printers.
*HP Wolf Security for Business – includes a portfolio of hardware-enforced security features, included with every business PC purchase, designed for businesses of all sizes.
*HP Wolf Pro Security, devices, software and services for small to mid-sized businesses.
*HP Wolf Enterprise Security, devices, software and services for enterprises and government. 

HP Wolf Enterprise Security 

New to HP Wolf Enterprise Security is Sure Access Enterprise, which applies HP’s unique isolation technology to ensure critical applications are completely safeguarded from any malware lurking on a user’s PC. HP Sure Access creates hardware-enforced micro-virtual machines (VM) that can protect key applications – forming a virtual air gap between the application and the host PC. The application and data is securely isolated from the host OS, and any malicious actors that may have breached it. This unique, hardware- enforced approach helps by securing key tasks such as remote sysadmin activity of mission-critical systems; allowing users to work securely on multiple virtual Privileged Access Workstations (PAWs) on a single device; and securing browser- based access of critical applications. 

HP Wolf Pro Security for SMBs 

HP Wolf Pro Security integrates threat containment based on micro- virtualisation, malware prevention based on next-gen anti-virus, and identity protection – all integrated with HP’s hardware security capabilities to deliver superior protection that is simple for IT to acquire, deploy and operate. 

Flexworker offering 

HP has also announced a new Flexworker offering with HP Wolf Security that allows IT departments to boost workforce productivity while helping to protect corporate networks and data. This new extended managed print service allows IT departments to arm hybrid workers with secure, company-approved printers that can be monitored and automatically remediated if a device falls out of compliance with corporate policies. 

In addition, HP Wolf Essential Security is included with HP+ smart printers, with 24-7 built-in security. HP+ printers with smart security help consumers and small businesses stay two steps ahead of hackers, helping to prevent potential malware attacks and stop information from ending up in the wrong hands. 

To support the launch of HP Wolf Security, HP has created a series of creative videos, depicting common security scenarios that have come about due to the shift to remote working during the pandemic. These include a child clicking on a phishing link when using a parent’s laptop, a compromised printer being used to send malicious spam to the rest of the company, and an IT team being blindsided by a cyberattack. These videos, starring Christian Slater as ‘The Wolf’ – who walks the line between good and bad, putting to use his hacker mind-set to show how an attacker might operate – help to demonstrate the impact of such events.