Remote work is here to stay, with researchers estimating that some 35 million Americans will continue to work from home for the foreseeable future. Cybercriminals aren’t letting the opportunity go to waste.
The rise of remote and hybrid work models has sparked a massive surge in cybercrime. Attacks on corporate networks increased by 50 percent in 2021, reaching an all-time high in December when organizations experienced an average of 925 attacks each week.
Changing work styles and behaviors undoubtedly contributed to this increase. Outside of the secure office environment, remote workers often engage in poor endpoint usage practices that create new vulnerabilities for companies, individuals and their data. These risky practices include:
- Using work devices for personal activities
- Sharing work devices with other members of the household, including children
- Accessing work applications, customer data and company records with personal devices
- Using unsecured home printers to scan and share work documents with colleagues and customers.
Integrated Endpoint Security
With remote access essentially erasing the network perimeter, organizations must make endpoint security a top priority. HP is addressing this need with HP Wolf Security, an integrated portfolio of secure-by-design PCs and printers, hardware-enforced endpoint security software and industry-leading endpoint security services.
The solutions are rooted in zero-trust principles and include features such as self-healing firmware, in-memory breach detection and threat containment via virtualization. Combined, these technologies address the growing attack surface by extending robust security beyond the network perimeter.
The Pro Security platform is geared for small to midsized businesses (SMBs), while larger organizations can utilize the Enterprise Security platform. Both include robust threat containment features such as the HP Sure Click secure browsing extension. When installed, it opens files, applications and webpages inside virtual micro containers, effectively isolating malware and web threats from the host system.
Leveraging Artificial Intelligence
The AI-powered HP Sure Sense solution is an advanced antimalware tool that provides another layer of endpoint protection. It harnesses cloud-based, deep learning technologies to identify and prevent evolving threats, including zero-day exploits that can’t be detected by conventional signature-matching antivirus solutions.
HP Sure Start is another key piece, providing advanced firmware protection for HP PCs. It automatically detects, stops and recovers from a BIOS attack or corruption without IT intervention and with little or no user impact. It automatically validates the integrity of the BIOS code each time the PC is powered on, and in-memory breach detection capabilities spot signs of intrusion and provide automatic remediation.
Printer security is often an afterthought, but networked devices can be exploited to spread malware, steal data or compromise the entire network. HP Wolf Security provides hardware-based printer protection and firmware updates to ensure privacy during document scanning, printing and sending.
We Can Help
Remote work requires employees to use a variety of endpoint devices to be productive, but that opens up a broad attack surface for cybercriminals. Contact us to learn more about protecting endpoints with HP Wolf Security.