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AMD-powered HP devices harness hardware-based security for remote working

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With an increasing number of people working remotely, data protection is critically important, as even normal operations can bring risk if users unknowingly introduce compromised hardware or firmware to their device. That’s why an integrated chain of trust built around the AMD Secure Processor is so important.

The trend towards remote working has been gathering momentum for some time, but recent events – most notably the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic – have significantly accelerated this trend.

“Whether Work from Home (WFH) employees, students engaging in distance learning, or family and friends catching up using web and video conferencing, there is in fact a ‘new normal’ emerging through remote connectivity and collaboration,” says HP Product Manager, Siyanda Mvimbeli.

However, he says that these cultural and organisational shifts have made confidential personal and business data a more attractive target for cybercriminals. This is due to traditional home networks being considered less secure than enterprise networks.

Exploiting known vulnerabilities

Mvimbeli notes while software security is important, it can be easily bypassed by exploiting known platform vulnerabilities. This is one reason hardware-based security (HBS) is gaining more importance. It works to complement software security and provides a stronger foundation for the whole platform by providing mechanisms to isolate critical data and workloads.

“That is why HP laptops powered by AMD Processors are playing a vital role in enhancing data security and protection by providing an architecture designed with security in mind. By combining hardware-based security features and associated software protections, AMD is helping to better protect users against many cyberattacks, including sophisticated low-level firmware attacks,” says Mvimbeli.

Mvimbeli points out that the HP ProBook x360 435 G8 Notebook PC has been specifically designed to deliver the power, security and durability that a growing business demands in a versatile 360° design that adapts to the way people work.

Different use modes

“The versatile ultra slim HP ProBook x360 435 G8 adapts throughout the day, with four use modes that enables you to create, present and collaborate comfortably. This is the ideal machine for your growing business, which requires the protection of a PC with commercial-grade security features. The HP ProBook x360 435 G8 is enhanced with security and privacy from the basic input/output system (BIOS) up,” he says.

With the rapid pace at which malware is evolving, traditional antivirus can’t always recognise new attacks. HP ProBook x360 435 G8 is protected against never-before-seen attacks with HP Sure Sense, which uses deep learning Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide exceptional protection against advanced malware.

“Organisations are facing a threat landscape that is continuously evolving in both size and complexity. While users are demanding new ways of connecting and collaborating. To help keep them safe, a single level or layer of protection is not sufficient,” says Mvimbeli. “HP can provide you with the right solution to enhance your business whilst protecting you against threats.”

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