HP Inc has launched Sure Access Enterprise (SAE), a system that protects users with rights to access sensitive data, systems, and applications.
It is an enhancement to HP’s Wolf Security endpoint protection portfolio as it prevents attackers from hijacking these privileged sessions – even if the users’ endpoint device is compromised, the access to high-value data and systems can remain secure. This stops minor endpoint breaches from turning into major security incidents.
Available for both HP and non-HP devices, SAE leverages HP’s unique task isolation technology to run each privileged access session within its own, hardware-enforced virtual machine (VM). This ensures the confidentiality and integrity of the data being accessed, isolating it from any malware in the endpoint operating system. Users are free to conduct privileged, non-privileged, and personal activities securely from one machine. This improves user experience, reduces IT overheads, and enhances protection.
“Gaining access to a privileged users’ device is a critical step in the attack chain. From here, an attacker can scrape credentials, escalate privileges, move laterally, and exfiltrate sensitive data.” comments Ian Pratt, Global Head of Security for Personal Systems at HP Inc. “Sure Access Enterprise is a unique solution that prevents this escalation, thwarting attackers.”
Organizations have several types of users that need to access privileged data, systems, and applications daily. These users range from IT administrators, IoT and OT support staff, through to customer support and finance teams.
Allowing these users to perform privileged and non-privileged tasks on the same PC comes with considerable risk. Even if a Privileged Access Management (PAM) system is used to control access to privileged systems, attackers can potentially still usurp privileged sessions, steal sensitive data and credentials, or insert malicious code and commands (e.g., viainjected keystrokes, clipboard capture, or memory scraping) if the endpoint is compromised.
Traditional best practice has been to issue privileged users with separate dedicated Privileged Access Workstations (PAW) that are used solely for privileged tasks. However, this inconveniences users and increases IT overhead purchasing and managing two systems.
SAE uses advanced hardware-enforced virtualization to create protected VMs that are isolated from the desktop operating system and hence cannot be viewed, influenced or controlled by it. Thus, confidentiality and integrity of the application and data inside the protected VM can be assured, without the operational cost and complexity of issuing a separate PAW.
“By isolating tasks in protected VMs, which are transparent to the end user, Sure Access Enterprise breaks the attack chain,” continues Pratt. “As well as protecting System Administrators accessing high-value servers, SAE can be used to protect other sensitive assets – for example, protecting credit card details accessed by customer support at a retailer, patient data access at a healthcare provider, or connections to an Industrial Control System at a manufacturer.”
Sure Access Enterprise which is available now has the following features:
- Strong Integrations with Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions (e.g., CyberArk, BeyondTrust), IPSec remote access tunnels and Multifactor Authentication (MFA).
- Centralized Management to enable separation of duties and flexible policy options – such as locking connections to specific PCs or users or requiring HP Sure View activation for privacy.
- Hardware root of trust, supported by the latest Intel® technologies, to prevent malware from bypassing security controls
- Encrypted, tamper-resistant session logging to track access, without recording sensitive data or credentials, easing compliance.
Things to know about HP Sure Access Enterprise Product
- Endpoint requirements– HP Wolf Security Controller runs on Windows 10 devices with the latest CPUs from Intel® and AMD
- Controller Requirements– The HP Wolf Security Controller can be hosted in HP’s cloud and delivered as a service, or it can be installed on-premises by the customer.
- Supported software–HP Sure Access Enterprise currently supports RDP sessions, Citrix® ICA sessions, and a Chromium-based browser
Wolf Security Controller requires HP Sure Click Enterprise or HP Sure Access Enterprise and is a management and analytics platform that provides critical data around devices and applications and is not sold as a standalone service.