UPDATED 15:57 EDT / JANUARY 08 2018


Working from the ‘silicon root’ to prevent data breaches

Cybersecurity issues have been of increasing concern for enterprises in light of a number of devastating ransomware attacks that hit companies this year. With big data and software security taking priority as many businesses make the shift to software as a service models, tech companies like Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. are further developing backup and recovery efforts to evade hackers and keep customers protected.

“Tying all of that security down into a bedrock foundation provides that ability to then leverage in … other objects like storage and provide that security without any increase in latency. … HPE is the only server manufacturer that’s able to do that down into the silicon level,” said Bob Moore (pictured, right) vice president of global security services at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. By providing its “silicon root of trust,” a secure link between silicon and firmware, HPE is working to streamline advanced security and storage for customers at the infrastructure level.

Moore and Patrick Osborne (pictured, left) senior director of product management and marketing of storage at HPE, spoke with Dave Vellante (@dvellante) and Peter Burris (@plburris), co-hosts of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile livestreaming studio, during the HPE Discover EU event in Madrid, Spain. They discussed HPE’s new tools for data security and how they are planning to protect customers against attacks in the future. (* Disclosure below.)

Integrating security and storage maximizes cybersecurity

HPE’s goal is first to prevent against potential breach and second to enable rapid recovery in the event that systems are compromised.

“By 2019 a company will be infected by ransomware every 14 seconds. … The downtime you experience in recovering can be really expensive,” Moore said, citing stats originally published by cyber economics research firm Cybersecurity Ventures.

The company starts its recovery process with firmware that’s anchored in the silicon, using its ransomware neutralizer. “We can then recover the server settings … automatically, … restore the operating system through an ISO site along with the applications, and then finally we bring the data back,” he furthered.

The company is also focused on integrating these security efforts with storage via its silicon root of trust, bringing together a more vertically oriented stack that includes all those pieces working together. “It’s a really great complementary solution that we can provide this silicon root of trust on the infrastructure level, and then on the storage side we provide some similar capabilities at the infrastructure level with encryption,” Osborne said.

HPE customers can use a combination of backup systems like the Gen10 Servers, 3PAR, and StoreOnce to achieve recovery in hours. The company also offers encryption in data copying for cloud backup. “We’re providing a number of different solutions all the way up and down the stack,” Osborne said.

With hackers adapting rapidly to circumvent protection efforts, HPE is working on new methods of security to both thwart breach attempts and comply with General Data Protection Regulation laws. “We … can look at the communication inside of a network and determine if there’s nefarious behavior and watch the behavior analytics, as well as the signatures that are going on inside of the network. … Then … rule out a potentially bad actor before any damage is really done,” Moore concluded.

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of the HPE Discover EU event. (* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for the HPE Discover EU event. Neither Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., the event sponsor, nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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