HPE launches ‘most secure’ servers in the world

firmware attacks

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has launched what it claims is “the world’s most secure industry-standard servers”. 

The servers are the next generation of HPE’s ProLiant range, this one being called Gen10.

HPE says the Gen10 integrates what it calls “silicon-based security” which addresses firmware attacks, said to be one of the biggest threats facing enterprises and governments today.

HPE says this development makes it the first company to respond to firmware attacks.

HPE says it has “total control of its own custom-made silicon chip and the server-essential firmware”, and claims it’s the only vendor in the industry that can offer this advantage.

Firmware is the lowest level of software on a device, and is often embedded on the hardware – the microprocessor, microcontroller or whatever component that needs some computing capability.

HPE cites research by Isaca that more than 50 percent of cyber security professionals reported at least one incident of malware-infected firmware in 2016.

Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst of technology analyst and advisory firm Moor Insights & Strategy, says: “A security breach in firmware is one of the most difficult to detect but can be one of the most damaging.

“Unfortunately, firmware is often overlooked in c-suite conversations about data center security, and cyber criminals are targeting this as a new attack surface.

“While many servers have some level of hardware security already built-in, HPE is creating firmware security inextricably tied with its custom made silicon, to help customers protect against these malicious attacks.”

Alain Andreoli, senior vice president and general manager, data center infrastructure group, HPE, says: “Customers shouldn’t have to compromise when it comes to security, the agility of software-defined infrastructure and the flexibility of cloud economics.

“With our ProLiant Gen10 portfolio, HPE is offering customers the best compute experience in the industry with unmatched security, new ways to accelerate insights and payment models that allow customers to choose options that work best for them.”

HPE is said to be the market leader for data centre infrastructure, according to a variety of reports. Other companies supplying data centre servers include IBM, Cisco, and Dell.