Hardware threats refer risks and flaws associated with the physical components of computer systems and electronic devices. These threats can compromise the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data, as well as the overall functionality of the hardware.
Today’s world and economies are highly interconnected. With this interconnection, supply chains for major organizations are highly globalized, with OEM’s supplying various hardware components to device manufacturers from across the globe.
The growing trend of globalization has led to heightened risks in the supply chain. Including issues like counterfeit hardware, untested and unpatched hardware, and vulnerabilities in authentication protocols at the kernel and BIOS levels. As consumers increasingly engage with hardware technologies such as IoT devices, mobiles, and computers on a global scale, the significance of addressing hardware threats has become crucial for national security and critical infrastructures.
To mitigate hardware threats, organizations should implement hardware cyber security best practices. Regularly update firmware and software, conduct hardware integrity checks, and monitor for signs of tampering or unusual behavior. Physical security measures, such as access controls and surveillance, also play a crucial role in protecting hardware from various threats.
Sepio’s platform offers complete device visibility at the Physical Layer, providing protection against hardware attacks. Sepio’s ensures the identification, detection, and management of all peripherals, leaving no device unmanaged. The platform includes a deep physical layer visibility and a comprehensive policy enforcement mechanism, allowing administrators to define strict or granular rules for system enforcement.
This supports a zero trust hardware access approach. In case of a policy breach, Sepio initiates an automatic mitigation process, blocking unapproved or Rogue hardware.
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