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In the fast-paced world of technology, software-security is the need of the hour. With the adequacy of advanced techniques for security breaches, bypassing the platform through known platform vulnerabilities is not a big deal anymore. While security is becoming so critical, hardware-based security provides a stronger foundation for the entire platform and is a great option to complement software security.

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Data Breach Challenges that Emerged with Remote Working Scenarios

The Gallup research conveyed that 43% of the US workforce was working remotely in 2016. At the onset of the pandemic, these figures rose to 80%. Whether it is about employees working full-time or part-time from home, distant is becoming the new rule. The bottom line is remote collaboration and connectivity has become the new normal. As per a recent report of the Economic Times, over 70% of companies have adopted a remote working infrastructure in between the pandemic which is more likely to hike data breach costs. Data breach costs can account for $3.86 million per breach and the lawsuits are an additional headache.

A Layered Approach is Needed to Ruggedize Infrastructure Security

While workplaces are becoming remote, data protection and access governance have become critically important. When users ignorantly introduce compromised firmware or hardware to their device, even normal operations stand at risk. In such scenarios, an integrated chain of trust built around a secure processor can invisibly protect PCs from start to shut down. 

Conventional security approaches are inadequate because all the confidential data is at risk in adverse events like when a laptop is stolen away. Typically the Software-based FDE is the first line of dense in protecting the data when a laptop goes missing. But the Full-disk-encryption or FDE has its limitations. If a cybercriminal gets access to the PC, he can easily interpret the cryptographic keys used to drive decryption/encryption. 

Advanced IT-architecture like AMD Memory guard can encrypt the system information and prevent the FDE from breaches. So, when an organisation’s  PC goes missing,no one can bypass its FDE by accessing the keys stored in the memory. In short, the AMD memory guard acts as a layer of protection which is transparent to both application and OS, and hence can be easily enabled on any system. 

Securing the In-Vogue Workplaces Among New Problems and New Prototypes

Most of us are familiar with the fact that traditional home networks are considered less secure than enterprise networks. As the organizational shift is made towards the remote horizon, cyber-attacks are increasing exponentially. Security breaches are becoming sophisticated and are targeting prominent low-level firmware. For overcoming the ever-evolving threats, IT teams must develop customer integrated software and hardware solutions that offer a full-proof security strategy for the entire system. 

Significance of HBS in a Multi-Layered Security Strategy

Hardware-Based Security (HBS) is becoming increasingly significant because software security can be easily bypassed with evolved breach techniques. HBS provides a robust foundation for the entire platform to isolate critical data and workloads, and it works to complement software security. By combining HBS features with associated software protections, organizations can protect their IT framework from security violations on several levels. Especially with the AMD “Zen” architecture, users can protect their data, and enhance their system efficiency with outstanding power and performance. 

A Full-Stack, Layered Approach to Invincible Security

Layered defence is the pillar of modern security solutions. A layered approach to security can minimize the number of security patches and improve the overall cost of ownership. The AMD framework provides architecture and HBS features to the complement enterprise infrastructure security at various levels. To combat dynamic and diverse attacks, AMD reduces the exposure of attacks. A dedicated processor needs to be deployed that acts as a hardware root of trust. A secure processor provides authentication initial firmware on the loaded platform. If any modifications or errors are detected, then a layered infrastructure ensures a secure boot and protected operations. 

After the authentication of OEM BIOS and the initial firmware, control is passed on to the OS. A chain of trust is thus formed across the platform allowing malicious firmware to be easily eliminated after being detected. The whole principle is about each piece of physical security infrastructure complimenting the next layer and providing better defence. 

Making OS Security Stronger

Cyber attackers have become more advanced than ever, and so have the virtualization-based security (VBS) norms. To protect their PCs from being exposed to vulnerabilities, individuals and organizations should leverage their IT architecture to isolate a secure memory region from the normal OS. Software encryption isn’t enough; the memory access protection should be enabled by DMA revamping technology with AMD-Vi. This can prevent malicious applications and drivers from getting access to the system memory and provide security against DMA attacks. 

No PC is secure until it is secure from both simple cyber-attacks and sophisticated firmware attacks. Therefore, individuals and organizations that want to prevent unauthorized access to their data should use advanced access controls and authentication systems.

Evolution is the Key to Survival

While organizations are facing a threat landscape that is continually evolving in both intricacy and size, a seamless approach to security has become all the way more important. Layered security features, integrated with a modern core architecture, and AMD memory guard can provide security features to prevent data piracy. A strong HBS foundation with a secure operating system can be the bullet-proof cyber shield that every system needs. However, evolution is the key to existential security. As security threats are evolving, security infrastructures should also evolve accordingly.