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What is native security?

What is native security?

May 2015

Security is important, but often it’s treated as an add-on rather than as an initial part of a business’s infrastructure.  One way to resolve this problem is to invest in technology with native security features—security capabilities and applications that are available by default. With native security features you can protect your business from day one and prepare it for even deeper security measures down the line. So whether you’re adding one piece or revamping your entire tech setup, here are three ways native security can help protect your business’s data.

BIOS protection
BIOS is a type of firmware used during the booting process. It’s the first software a PC runs when powered on and it arguably represents the single most valuable real estate on a PC[1]. When it comes to protecting your PC and data, BIOS is the perfect place to start. HP BIOS comes preloaded on business-grade HP notebooks, such as the HP EliteBook 755 G2[2]. It protects your computer from the moment it turns on, allowing you to lock down your hard drive, wipe data when needed, and enabling a range of authentication options, including Windows credentials and fingerprint readers. Behind-the-scenes, HP SureStart technology protects your computer from malicious or unanticipated malware attacks—reducing downtime and automatically restoring your BIOS system within 30 seconds if it is ever attacked or corrupted[3].

Software-based protection
After your PC boots, it’s time for software-based protection—security software that comes preloaded on your computer. While it may require some setup, software-based protection is one of the most versatile forms of native security. Not only does it make your business safer, it can increase utility and usability to make your day-to-day experiences more enjoyable. HP offers a range of native security software on business notebooks. For example, the HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 comes standard with a suite of software-based protection, including HP Device Access Manager with Just in Time Authentication, which helps prevent data leaks and accidental or malicious transfers to USB devices without your permission. It’s all about protecting your data in every way possible—from the moment you open the box.

Printer protection
Security shouldn’t stop at the computer, which is why HP provides native security features that follow your data all the way to the printer. With HP JetAdvantage Private Print, a cloud-based private printing solution[4], you can print documents to a cloud queue, then authenticate and retrieve them at the printer when you are ready. Not only does this ensure important documents aren’t left lying around, it can help reduce unclaimed prints and increase printer efficiency. Additionally, with wireless direct printing you can let clients and guests print right in your office without accessing your network[5], providing protection that doesn’t affect your ability to do business.

When it comes to data and network security it pays to be prepared—and with HP’s native security features you get the protection you need right out of the box. No hassle, no wait. Additionally, as you upgrade your technology over time you can incorporate many of those same native security features into your existing tech with HP Protect Tools. So you can enjoy the best of both worlds—and rest easy knowing your business’s data is secure.

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[1] Joseph Menn, Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program, February 16, Reuters.com
[2] HP BIOSphere features may vary depending on the PC platform & configuration.
[3] HP SureStart available on select Elite products only.
[4] HP JetAdvantage Private Print is available only in North America and select European countries on many HP printers and MFPs. Feature is available at no charge and requires the printer be connected to the Internet with web services enabled. Card reader is available for separate purchase for selected HP devices with touchscreens. For more information and device compatibility details, see hpjetadvantage.com.
[5] Local printing requires mobile device and printer to be on the same wireless network or have a direct wireless connection. Wireless performance is dependent on physical environment and distance from access point. Wireless operations are compatible with 2.4 GHz operations only. Remote printing requires an Internet connection to an HP web-connected printer. App or software and HP ePrint account registration may also be required. Wireless broadband use requires separately purchased service contract for mobile devices. Check with service provider for coverage and availability in your area. See http://www.hp.com/go/mobileprinting for more details.

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