Rein­vent­ing se­cu­rity in an in­creas­ingly volatile world

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By 2020, there will be an es­ti­mated 29.5 bil­lion con­nected de­vices glob­ally, ac­cord­ing to re­search con­ducted by IDC. Asia Pa­cific will be home to 8.6 bil­lion of these de­vices, and China will be home to one out of ev­ery five. These num­bers – and their po­ten­tial im­pact – are stag­ger­ing. The dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion al­ready hap­pen­ing across Asia Pa­cific is de­pen­dent on the con­nec­tiv­ity that the In­ter­net of Things (IoT) of­fers. IoT will drive ef­fi­cien­cies and en­hanced data cap­tur­ing for more in­formed de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

But as the uni­verse of con­nected de­vices con­tin­ues to grow, cy­ber­at­tacks and data breaches in­crease in tan­dem. They are pro­gres­sively more so­phis­ti­cated, with the abil­ity to cause acute harm to busi­nesses and peo­ple alike. They can cre­ate fi­nan­cial loss, dam­age brands and rep­u­ta­tions, and di­min­ish con­fi­dence in the tech­nol­ogy and com­pa­nies we choose to con­nect with.

Se­cur­ing these de­vices – and the data and iden­ti­ties tied to them – is there­fore a ma­jor im­per­a­tive. But do­ing so is in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult. Threats will con­tinue to evolve, and due to the re­duced ef­fec­tive­ness of fire­wall pro­tec­tion, ev­ery de­vice con­nected to an or­ga­ni­za­tion’s net­work is at risk. Pro­tect­ing against se­cu­rity breaches is one of the big­gest chal­lenges that or­ga­ni­za­tions face to­day. The im­ple­men­ta­tion of a process to mon­i­tor, de­tect and re­port data breaches is not nearly enough. Pre­ven­tion – and the re­duc­tion of the fre­quency and sever­ity of breaches – is equally im­por­tant.

Se­cu­rity is a joint re­spon­si­bil­ity

Se­cu­rity is no longer just the re­spon­si­bil­ity of net­work ad­min­is­tra­tors. Ev­ery de­vice and user con­nected to the net­work is a po­ten­tial se­cu­rity weak­ness. Both users and ad­min­is­tra­tors must bear the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pro­tect­ing the en­tire net­work. In years past, tra­di­tional net­work perime­ter se­cu­rity and an­tivirus pro­grams were suf­fi­cient. But that was when we only had ac­cess to desk­tops di­rectly con­nected to the server.

As or­ga­ni­za­tions in­creas­ingly of­fer more flex­i­ble work op­tions, it be­comes more im­por­tant than ever that se­cu­rity so­lu­tions are fully in­te­grated at the end­point de­vice level.

As a global brand de­ter­mined to rein­vent and pro­tect the pos­si­bil­i­ties tech­nol­ogy en­ables, HP take this very se­ri­ously. The com­pany in­te­grated se­cu­rity fea­tures into the fab­ric of the de­sign process of ev­ery de­vice cre­ated, from PCs to print­ers, se­cu­rity is builtin not bolted on. This is the com­pany’s thrust to push the in­dus­try for­ward.

Pre­par­ing for the in­evitable

We will never live in a world without cy­ber-at­tacks. And yet, most or­ga­ni­za­tions of­ten over­look the de­vices that put them most at risk.

HP specif­i­cally sought to un­der­stand poli­cies, pro­ce­dures and risk man­age­ment, and pre­pared­ness for the na­tion’s new data breach no­ti­fi­ca­tion laws, in which they found out that al­most half of all Aus­tralian SMBs with an an­nual turnover of $3M+ do not con­sider them­selves to be pre­pared for the manda­tory data breach dis­clo­sure laws that re­cently came into force. Fur­ther: Only 18 per­cent cur­rently have a com­pli­ance pol­icy in place; while 33 per­cent are cur­rently de­vel­op­ing a pol­icy 57 per­cent of SMBs have not done any sort of IT se­cu­rity risk assess­ment in the last 12 months, putting their de­vices, data and doc­u­ments at risk Of the 43 per­cent of SMBs that have un­der­taken a risk assess­ment, just 29 per­cent in­cluded print­ers in their anal­y­sis

Print­ers are in­creas­ingly an en­try point for data breaches. With print­ers be­hav­ing more like PCs ev­ery day, it is crit­i­cal that busi­nesses are con­fi­dent that these points in their net­work are se­cured.

HP has rein­vented print se­cu­rity to pro­tect the de­vices, crit­i­cal data and iden­ti­ties from the va­ri­ety of threats they now face. The com­pany de­signs and ships print­ers with strong de­fault se­cu­rity set­tings, pro­vid­ing tools and ser­vices to de­ploy them and pro­vid­ing fea­tures to ad­dress emerg­ing risks.

Be­yond the prod­ucts they of­fer , HP has been lead­ing in­dus­try dis­cus­sions on se­cu­rity to get ahead of at­tack­ers and threats. That’s the driv­ing mo­ti­va­tion for HP to keep rein­vent­ing their ap­proach to se­cu­rity, con­tin­u­ally de­liv­er­ing the most se­cure de­vices on the mar­ket and mak­ing life bet­ter and safer for every­one, ev­ery­where.

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