With HP Wolf Connect, HP wants to make managing and securing PCs of hybrid employees easier, even when a device is offline or turned off. IT management could therefore plug a large number of potential security holes.
According to HP research, cyber attacks are a growing threat to hybrid workers. In addition, device theft can create weaknesses in cybersecurity. In fact, the weakest links in cybersecurity are the endpoints: laptops, printers and PCs. Furthermore, fundamental security flaws in the 802.11 WiFi protocol pose an additional threat to working from home.
Sim card on motherboard
HP Wolf Connect is part of HP Wolf Protect & Trace and uses a mobile network to control devices remotely. This involves HP soldering a SIM card onto the motherboard of the devices in question. “Previously, solutions relied on PCs being turned on or connected to the Internet, but HP Wolf Connect now provides a highly resilient mobile connection to find, lock and wipe lost or stolen devices even when they are unplugged or turned off,” said Dr Ian Pratt, Head of Security for Personal Systems.
HP aims to serve industries where devices may contain personally identifiable information (PII) or intellectual property. “By adding Wolf Connect to HP Wolf Protect and Trace, teams can accurately report where and when devices were lost and how long it took to lock or wipe them.”
HP Wolf Connect responds to the ever-increasing risks businesses face of becoming cyberattack victims. We expect to see another solid increase this year. We learned that recently from Arctic Wolf CEO Nick Schneider. So it can’t hurt to take a closer look at endpoint security.