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Synergy Partnership Spotlight: HP Wolf Security

At Synergy, we partner with quality vendors like HP to bring local businesses the devices they need to power and protect our communities.


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For 50 years, Synergy has supported organizations of all sizes across New York State in their IT needs. We bring together the best services, technology, and support at our disposal, and we’ve been at the forefront of big changes in the IT space. With you, we’ve experienced quickly changing, uncharted territory for the last two years: employees are pursuing hybrid and remote work in droves, and cyberattacks that capitalize on this change are occurring in unprecedented numbers. And yet, a recent study cited in Forbes indicates that only 50% of U.S. businesses have cybersecurity plans in place.

Companies face a growing dilemma: in the age of hybrid work, they want to empower their employees to work flexibly, and they want to attract talent beyond their geographic area. At the same time, they need to maintain solid network security in the face of increasing cyberattacks. The more their employees and endpoint devices are spread out, the more area these companies need to secure and track.

At Synergy, we partner with quality vendors like HP to bring local businesses the devices they need to power and protect our communities. We want to highlight HP Wolf Security for its industry-leading innovations in endpoint security; read on to understand why modern HP devices are a smart and secure business investment.

The Risks
The number of cybersecurity attacks worldwide jumped 31% between 2020 and 2021, and jumped again this year. Phishing is the most common threat, causing over a third of data breaches, most often through email. HP corroborates this in a recent Threat Insights report: they see email being responsible for 69% of malware breaches. HP further reports that malware is most often shared through spreadsheet attachments (33%), followed by archive files like .zip attachments (32%), corrupt scripts (14%), word documents (12%), and PDFs (6%).

It’s concerning that most of the threats described by HP are seemingly banal and could easily slip under the radar for an unsuspecting employee. IBM reported in 2021 that human error was a significant contributing factor in 95% of all breaches. Add to that a skills and budget shortage—cybersecurity employees are often under-supported and under-prepared—and modern businesses face some big challenges. But these challenges are not insurmountable; cybersecurity technology continues to make large strides in the face of these growing threats.

HP’s Proactive Security Elements
To HP, cybersecurity starts at the hardware level. Their latest PCs and printers have endpoint protection mechanisms built into the motherboard. HP understands that malware is going to make it through security filters, and that users are going to click on bad links. Using a zero trust security approach, HP Wolf Security draws on and learns from common user behaviors that lead to security breaches. On every PC, HP Sure Click isolates individual actions in micro virtual machines (micro-VMs) so that a bad link won’t infect the entire device. For example, if an employee needs to download a spreadsheet from an email, the spreadsheet will be contained in its own micro-VM. If it turns out that the document is corrupted, the micro-VM and the malware will both be destroyed.

HP asserts that device security should be seamless and automatic, which is why HP Wolf Security is further equipped with AI-backed elements that self-learn. HP Sure Start is the world’s first self-healing BIOS, providing both comprehensive firmware and self-healing features in the hardware. HP Sure Start automatically detects malware attacks on the BIOS or firmware of a device, notifies the user, reports the event to IT support and reboots with the most recent safe version of the device’s operating system. Rather than scanning devices for obvious malware, HP Sure Start initiates its self-healing procedures whenever an unauthorized change is made to critical firmware or the BIOS. This means it’s designed to protect devices from threats your IT team hasn’t experienced yet.

In terms of advanced security features, HP further sets itself apart by utilizing deep learning: an advanced subset of AI modeled on the brain’s ability to learn. HP Sure Sense recognizes malware by instinct, processing vast quantities of data in the background to protect against the latest and most sophisticated attacks.

Synergy’s Recommendations
In our discussions with clients, it’s clear that most are aware of the emerging cybersecurity risks posed to their business, but don’t necessarily have the capacity or the know-how to overhaul their security plans. We come in to support this transition, starting with guidance for upgrading your endpoint devices in a sustainable and affordable way.

We further work with you to create a cybersecurity plan for your network and your devices. We’ll help you and your IT team to establish the best strategies to protect your data, workflow, devices, investments, and priceless reputation.

We’re proud to partner with HP to bring you devices that are optimized and secured for the daily demands of the modern office. HP Wolf Security protects your business against both known and unknown threats, so that you can focus on running it.

Operating from Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse, Synergy is Central & Western New York's top Managed Service Provider for small-mid-sized organizations and global institutions alike. We bring together the best enterprise-level IT services, technology, and support to help organizations of all sizes accomplish great things. Contact us today to get the IT solutions you need.

 

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