05/12/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/12/2021 04:53
May 12, 2021
PALO ALTO, Calif. May 12, 2021 - HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) today released its HP Wolf Security Blurred Lines & Blindspots Report, a comprehensive global study assessing organizational cyber risk in an era of remote work.
The report shows that changing work styles and behaviors are creating new vulnerabilities for companies, individuals, and their data. According to the findings, 70% of office workers surveyed admit to using their work devices for personal tasks, while 69% are using personal laptops or printers for work activities. Almost one-third (30%) of remote workers surveyed have let someone else use their work device.
As a result of these and other behaviors, home workers are increasingly being targeted by hackers. KuppingerCole, an international, independent analyst firm that contributed to HP's report, notes there has been a 238% increase in global cyberattack volume during the pandemic.
'As the lines between work and home have blurred, security risks have soared and everyday actions such as opening an attachment can have serious consequences,' comments Joanna Burkey, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), HP Inc. 'Without all of the pre-pandemic sources of visibility of devices, and how they are being used and by who, IT and security teams are working with clouded vision.'
HP's report coincides with the launch of HP Wolf Security, the company's newly integrated portfolio of secure by design PCs and printers, hardware-enforced endpoint security software, and endpoint security services.1 The study provides a multi-dimensional view by combining findings from: a global YouGov online survey of 8,443 office workers; a global survey of 1,100 IT Decision Makers (ITDMs), conducted by Toluna; real-world threat telemetry gathered from customers within HP Sure Click Virtual Machines; and analysis from KuppingerCole.
Key findings include:
Blurred lines between home and office creating new risks
71% of employees surveyed say they access more company data, more frequently, from home now than they did pre-pandemic - with the most common types of data being accessed being: customer and operational data (43% each) and financial and HR records (23% each). At the same time, HP Wolf Security report shows office workers surveyed are increasingly using their work devices for personal tasks. For example:
KuppingerCole also found at least 700 fraudulent websites impersonating popular streaming services were identified in just one 7-day period in April 2020. Added to this, HP Wolf Security Insights showed users attempting to download malware-infected files - including ransomware - from their personal email accounts to their work devices. Had these customers not been protected by HP Wolf Security micro-virtualisation then these incidents would have resulted in a breach, as they had successfully evaded all other layers of security.
Office workers connecting to corporate networks with insecure devices
Aside from misusing work devices for personal reasons, office workers are also using potentially insecure devices to connect to the corporate network. 88% of ITDMs say they worry their risk of breach has risen because employees are using personal devices for work that were not built with business security in mind. They are right to worry, the YouGov online survey within HP's report shows 69% of office workers surveyed have used their personal laptop or personal printer/scanner for work activities more often since the start of the pandemic to complete tasks:
'More than half (51%) of ITDMs have seen evidence in their company of compromised personal PCs being used to access company and customer data in the past year. This is a huge risk that could lead to exposed company data, reputational damage, non-compliance and loss of customer trust,' comments Ian Pratt, Global Head of Security, Personal Systems, HP Inc.
The endpoint as the first line of defense
82% of office workers surveyed for the HP Wolf Security report said they had worked from home more since the start of the pandemic than previously, while 39% expect to predominately work from home post-pandemic or split their time equally between home and office-based working. Therefore, many of these risks will remain once the world returns to 'normal'.
An increasingly inevitable outcome of this is that distributed workers are no longer protected by the corporate firewall. Analysis for the report from KuppingerCole shows that globally in 2020, endpoints connected to the internet were experiencing 1.5 attacks per minute. As a result, 90% of ITDMs say the pandemic experience of 2020 has highlighted the growing importance of strong endpoint security in defending the increasingly perimeter-less organization; while 91% say endpoint security has become equally important as network security.
The nature of the endpoint continues to evolve and diversify. According to Anne Bailey, Senior Analyst, KuppingerCole: 'The many connected devices that employees use in their working-from-home environment have contributed to the breakdown of the corporate IT infrastructure and network, including printers.'
Introducing HP Wolf Security
In response to these challenges, HP is today announcing HP Wolf Security: a newly integrated portfolio of secure by design PCs and printers, hardware-enforced endpoint security software, and endpoint security services to protect customers from growing cyber threats.1
The company's new HP Wolf Security platform builds on over 20 years of security research and innovation to offer a unified portfolio for customers focused on delivering comprehensive endpoint protection and cyber-resiliency.
To support the launch of HP Wolf Security, HP has created a series of creative videos, depicting common security scenarios that have come about due to the shift to remote working during the pandemic. These include: a child clicking on a phishing link when using a parent's laptop, a compromise printer being used to send malicious spam to the rest of the company, and an IT team being blindsided by a cyberattack. These videos, starring Christian Slater as 'The Wolf' - who walks the line between good and bad, putting to use his hacker mindset to show how an attacker might operate - help to demonstrate the impact of such events.
About the research
The HP Wolf Security Blurred Lines & Blindspots report is based on findings from:
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About HP Wolf Security
From the maker of the world's most secure PCs2 and Printers3, HP Wolf Security is a new breed of endpoint security1. HP's portfolio of hardware-enforced security and endpoint-focused security services are designed to help organizations safeguard PCs, printers and people from circling cyber predators. HP Wolf Security provides comprehensive endpoint protection and resiliency that starts at the hardware level and extends across software and services.
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1 HP Security is now HP Wolf Security. Security features vary by platform.
2 Based on HP's unique and comprehensive security capabilities at no additional cost among vendors on HP Elite PCs with Windows and 8th Gen and higher Intel® processors or AMD Ryzen™ 4000 processors and higher; HP ProDesk 600 G6 with Intel® 10th Gen and higher processors; and HP ProBook 600 with AMD Ryzen™ 4000 or Intel® 11th Gen processors and higher.
3 HP's most advanced embedded security features are available on HP Enterprise and HP Managed devices with HP FutureSmart firmware 4.5 or above. Claim based on HP review of 2021 published features of competitive in-class printers. Only HP offers a combination of security features to automatically detect, stop, and recover from attacks with a self-healing reboot, in alignment with NIST SP 800-193 guidelines for device cyber resiliency. For a list of compatible products, visit: hp.com/go/PrintersThatProtect. For more information, visit: hp.com/go/PrinterSecurityClaims.