For would-be cybercriminals, finding a victim is often as simple as just waiting for an errant click of the mouse. That’s because sooner or later, an employee will click on something while web surfing that could open the door to an unknown threat.
In fact, most security experts say web browsers are the preferred route for hackers to penetrate corporate networks and steal confidential data and financial assets. And, despite significant improvements in browser security, all cybercriminals have to do is wait for such missteps to happen, allowing their malware, ransomware or other exploits to run wild on an enterprise network.
Enterprise security remains a hot topic at the RSA Conference, which kicked off today in San Francisco. It’s where HP announced its latest effort to grow its offering of the most secure and manageable PCs in the industry.
HP announced today a new feature called HP Sure Click, which works by creating micro virtual machines (Micro VMs) around each Explorer or Chromium tab employees open while they’re online. Built in close collaboration with Bromium, Inc., Sure Click enables every web page to operate as if it was contained in a virtual bubble, isolated from the network. If a piece of malware attacks a browsing session, it doesn’t really matter because it simply goes away when the infected tab is closed.
Sure Click will be available as a web download this spring for the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2, the convertible business PC that caught headlines when it was unveiled at CES earlier this year.
Securing endpoint devices on corporate networks continues to be a significant challenge for businesses, which reported a 232 percent jump in attacks on notebooks and desktops over the last six years. HP has responded by releasing an industry-leading series of tools and features to better secure devices, user identities and data on its PCs.
The company recently rolled out HP Sure Start Gen3 technology to fortify PC Basic Input/Output (BIOS) code, the frequently attacked algorithms that fire up computers. HP also unveiled hardened multi-factor authentication capabilities in its Elite PCs to make logging-in a million times more secure than using passwords alone. The company even introduced an integrated privacy screen, HP Sure View, which makes it harder for snoops to steal private data by peering over the shoulders of unsuspecting users, available on the new EliteBook x360 as well as the HP EliteBook 1040 and HP EliteBook 840.
HP Sure Click is just the latest in a long and growing line of PC security innovations. And it surely won’t be the last.
“With 81 percent of IT security managers citing unsecure web browsers as a primary attack vector, organizations are challenged to protect themselves against this ever-evolving threat,” said Alex Cho, vice president and general manager, Commercial PCs, Personal Systems at HP. “By partnering with Bromium to create HP Sure Click, we provide exclusive hardware-enforced security for web browsers as a standard feature, giving both users and businesses the freedom to browse confidently.”
RSA continues through February 17th. To learn more about HP’s security offerings for personal systems, visit: www.hp.com/go/clientsecurity.