How to Protect & Fight Back Against Firmware Attacks by Richard LeCount

February 19, 2020
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In recent years, we have seen malicious attacks increasingly targeting the lower parts of the computing stack, below the operating systems.

These threats seek to modify or input malware into a systems BIOS/UEFI firmware with the goal of retrieving sensitive information, user identities and computer privileges. When someone boots up their laptop, a firmware hacker sees an opportunity to reap unlimited data for their own ends.

In this blog, we’re going to talk about what makes firmware so dangerous, why it is so appealing to attackers and what you can do to reduce the risk.

Traditional Defence is No Match

Over the past decade, the number of firmware liabilities has increased significantly as attackers target low-hanging fruit. Mobile users and remote workers utilising public networks are especially vulnerable. 

The most troublesome factor of this increase in vulnerabilities is that attacks can bypass antivirus programmes, security protocols and threat detector systems. 

In order to defend against such a risk, businesses and individuals with access to highly-sensitive information must make the protection of endpoint PC hardware and firmware a priority alongside network and software security.

An all-round holistic approach is absolutely vital, and it will mean that a business will need to coordinate....

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