Dell Technologies Bolsters PC Security for Today’s Remote Workers

Cybercriminals are opportunistic by nature, altering their attack methods to compromise endpoints and access critical data. This is never truer than during times of change such as now with the overnight shift to a global remote workforce. With cybercriminals ramping up activity, organisations need to protect their remote workers starting with the devices they use to get their jobs done.

One area attackers will target is the PC BIOS, the core system built deep inside the PC that controls critical operations like booting the PC and ensuring a secure configuration. To protect against BIOS attacks, organisations need built-in security solutions to protect endpoints. In response, Dell Technologies is introducing Dell SafeBIOS Events & Indicators of Attack (IoA) to further protect our commercial PCs, which are already the most secure in the industry[1]. SafeBIOS Events & IoA uses behaviour-based threat detection, at the BIOS level, to detect advanced endpoint threats.

With remote work increasing security gaps and the high economic pressure for businesses large and small to perform, Dell Technologies is arming customers with security solutions and best practices to better secure their PCs so they can stay focused on serving their end customers.

Dell SafeBIOS Events & Indicators of Attack

As workforces transition to remote work nearly overnight, organisations need to ensure their workers’ PCs are secure, starting below the operating system in the BIOS. Securing the BIOS is particularly critical because a compromised BIOS can potentially provide an attacker with access to all data on the endpoint, including high-value targets like credentials. In a worst-case scenario, attackers can leverage a compromised BIOS to move within an organisation’s network and attack the broader IT infrastructure.

Organisations need the ability to detect when a malicious actor is on the move, altering BIOS configurations on endpoints as part of a larger attack strategy. SafeBIOS now provides the unique ability to generate Indicators of Attack on BIOS configurations, including changes and events that can signal an exploit. When BIOS configuration changes are detected that indicate a potential attack, security and IT teams are quickly alerted in their management consoles, allowing for swift isolation and remediation. SafeBIOS Events & IoA provides IT teams the visibility into BIOS configuration changes and analyses these for potential threats – even during an ongoing attack.

Detection at this level allows organisations to respond to advanced threats quickly and successfully, interrupting the attack chain before it’s able to do more damage. The SafeBIOS Events & IoA utility is available globally today for download on Dell commercial PCs as part of the Dell Trusted Device solution.

Helping Organisations Securely Work from Home

As many organisations enable remote working, it is critical they have the security tools and knowledge to work safely and securely. That’s why Dell Technologies is offering existing customers flexible endpoint security solutions to help them:

  • Better secure today’s new working model as quickly as possible with VMware Carbon Black who has eliminated endpoint limits until June 20, 2020.
  • Pressure test remote work deployments with Secureworks’ accelerated vulnerability assessments, and get faster deployment and flexible payment options for Secureworks’ managed detection and response and incident response solutions.
  • Securely deploy work-from-home devices with Dell Technologies who is offering temporary licenses for Dell Encryption until May 15, 2020.

For companies who have recently taken their workforces remote, check out this informational webcast interview with Dell Technologies Chief Security Officer John Scimone for insight into the broad range of security issues organisations face when supporting a remote workforce.

[1] Based on Dell internal analysis, January 2019

David Konetski

About the Author: David Konetski

David Konetski serves as a Dell Fellow and Vice President in the Client Solutions Office of the CTO where his responsibilities include Security, Systems Management and Commercial SW technology strategy. David also leads Dell’s technology strategy defining the future of Work, unifying vision across the Dell Technologies family of companies and enabling customer solutions which transform their business. As a Dell Fellow, David provides innovation leadership across Dell Technologies and grows the Dell technical community. Mr. Konetski joined Dell in 1996 as a Sr. Engr manager, and over the next 5 years created Dell’s Audio/Video and Emerging Business engineering organizations. In 2001, Mr. Konetski joined the Dell Office of the CTO, and has developed technology strategies and product portfolios for a wide range of Client technologies, including Security, Systems Management, Communications, SW applications and Audio/Video ecosystems. David holds over 35 issued patents for Dell and is active in IP generation across the company. He was appointed to his current role as Vice President in 2011 and became a Dell Fellow in 2013. Prior to Dell, Mr. Konetski managed several engineering and marketing organizations.