Hardware Cyber Security

Hardware Cyber Security

Hardware cyber security focuses on protecting the physical components of computer systems, devices, and networks from unauthorized access, attacks, and tampering. It plays a crucial role in ensuring the overall security of information technology systems.

Hardware cyber security often receives less attention compared to other areas like network and endpoint cybersecurity software. Hardware attack devices, generally called rogue devices, go under the radar of human eyes and existing security software tools. This oversight creates a false sense of security, leaving enterprises vulnerable to hardware based attacks.

In this blog we will delve into various hardware security risks that enterprises face, such as supply chain attacks, hardware implants, and unauthorized peripheral devices. I will also explain how Sepio’s platform works to detect and mitigate these risks by monitoring and analyzing the behavior of network hardware devices.

How to Validate the Security of a Hardware Device?

Unlike traditional methods that focus on scanning peripheral connections, Sepio goes further by examining the intrinsic Hardware Bill of Material (HBOM) components. This involves spotting the physical profile of each hardware device during its connection at the physical layer. Allowing Sepio to discover and profile all peripheral devices. This capability extends to identifying and detecting potentially malicious USB devices (Bad USB), even those embedded within legitimate USB devices.

Sepio’s Asset DNA technology, grounded in the physical layer, prioritizes device existence over behavior, effectively detecting all managed, unmanaged, and concealed devices. Utilizing innovative methods and machine learning algorithms, Sepio discerns the authentic origin of asset risk, avoiding the distortions of misleading profile perceptions and behavioral assumptions.

The Sepio platform ranks assets according to their risk levels and implements precise hardware security access controls. It automatically obstructs devices breaching settled rules or recognized as known attack tools.

Hardware Cyber Security Assessment

Hardware cyber security requires detection of hardware-connected devices to a network. Sepio’s platform provides detection and data verification at the physical layer of hardware-connected devices. This unique detection solution provides visibility into all hardware connected devices. Enabling the discovery and identification of all types of hardware devices, whether managed, unmanaged, or concealed.

Sepio combines 7 aggregated indicators, 29 sub-indicators, and 148 micro-indicators to evaluate the external and internal threat landscape. By leveraging primary and secondary data sources, Sepio delivers a detailed scorecard, presenting an objective assessment of the enterprise’s hardware security posture. This comprehensive assessment enhances situational awareness and offers valuable risk insights to guide necessary security adjustments.

Sepio Discovered Assets
Sepio Discovered Assets

Sepio brings clarity to network hardware connected devices and improves cyber security risk awareness. Often, the absence of available cyber security solutions results in unnoticed vulnerabilities, creating a false sense of security. Sepio’s platform highlights the importance of hardware cybersecurity across the entire enterprise, ensuring hardware risks are properly addressed when implementing policies and technologies.

Enterprises are getting better at defending themselves against traditional cyberattacks. However, as the hardware security domain remains neglected, bad actors find great value in covert hardware attacks, so much so that USB-borne threats have increased by 37%. Rogue Devices (USB HID-emulating devices or physical layer network implants) allow cybercriminals to evade detection by operating under the radar of existing security solutions, such as NAC, EPS, IDS, or IoT network security. 

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Sepio Hardware Cyber Security

Sepio’s platform stands out in the field of hardware security by leading a comprehensive hardware security audit for an organization’s entire hardware ecosystem. A hardware risk indicator is used to assess the actions or activities that could harm your organization assets, in the event of vulnerabilities being exploited by threats. Sepio platform provides enterprises with an risk score from 1 to 9. Where 9 represents a high hardware security risk, and 1 represents a low hardware security risk posture. Each hardware risk indicator also receives a score, offering a granular breakdown of the assessment.

See Every Hardware Devices in your Network. Prioritize and Mitigate Hardware Security Risks

Having comprehensive visibility into all network assets is a crucial prerequisite for effective hardware defense. However, the value of this knowledge lies in its practical application. Sepio’s Hardware Cyber Security enables you to promptly discern which network devices require attention. Leveraging Asset DNA technology and policy rules, it provides alerts for high, medium, and low risks, expediting time to resolution, identifying regulatory gaps, and foiling hardware based attacks.

The real-time actionable visibility offered by Sepio enables your security team to gain a deeper understanding of your device attack surface and proactively manage hardware defense.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of your enterprise’s hardware cyber security posture with Sepio assessment. Uncover weaknesses, make informed adjustments, and improve your overall security posture. Explore the power of Sepio and the valuable risk insights it provides for improved hardware security.
Talk to an expert. It will help you understand how to use Sepio’s patented technology to gain control of your asset risks.

Read the Hardware Access Control Security paper (pdf)
January 24th, 2022