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.