A recent spate of high-profile security breaches at some of the largest enterprises in Australia has reminded everyone of the importance of security. Cyber crime is estimated to cost the Australian economy around $42 billion per year, and that number is only increasing.\n\nThe biggest challenge when it comes to cyber crime is that there are so many different security risks to manage. Three of the biggest risks moving into 2023 and beyond are:\n\nIn all three cases, the cyber criminals are gaining access via the endpoint devices. While firewalls and other \u201cperimeter\u201d security defences remain critical for protecting and organisation and its assets, there has been a renewed focus placed on the importance of endpoint defences, because it is that individual\u2019s vulnerability that is too often the easiest thing to exploit.\n\nEndpoint security needs to a multifaceted-approach\n\n\u201cEndpoint security\u201d means more than an anti-virus installed on the computer. A truly robust endpoint solution will provide protection at all levels of the device, from the core BIOS, through to the hardware, firmware and application layers.\n\nThis is what Intel has aimed to deliver with the Intel vPro\u00ae platform. The vPro\u00ae platform encompasses performance, manageability, and security, and in security aims to cover endpoint devices at all stages \u2013 below the OS, above the OS and at the application layer.\n\nIt starts with total component traceability that starts at the factory floor. Meanwhile, vPro\u00ae features attestable security status, meaning that it uses static and dynamic root-of-trust measurements in the Intel Trusted Platform Module that confirms below-the-OS security to detect abnormalities.\n\nOn the hardware layer, Intel boosts the security of devices with total component traceability that starts at the factory floor. Meanwhile, the secure boot-up tool in vPro\u00ae means that only untampered firmware and trusted OSes will load, preventing compromised devices from connecting to the network in the first instance.\n\nvPro also boosts security for virtualised environments. Organisations can run virtual machines for security-based isolation with application compatibility, across different operating systems. In addition, virtualised security software, such as Windows Defended Credential Guard and Application Guard are boosted through Intel\u2019s own virtualization capabilities. This delivers superior protection against kernel-level malware through to browser-based attacks.\n\nAt the application layer, vPro\u00ae features a hardware-isolated Key Locker to enable password-less sign-ins (useful for mitigating the risk of social engineering tricking the employee into giving away their password). vPro\u00ae also features total memory encryption that has been designed to mitigate against the risk of cold-boot attacks and isolate compromised applications.\n\nFinally, AI-driven CPU threat monitoring has been designed to detect malware that has slipped past the anti-virus. Intel has also integrated the Threat Detection Technology with the major mobile device management software options, to extend these capabilities holistically to all technology that might be interacting with the network.\n\nBuilding a holistic endpoint security practice\n\nWhile the Intel vPro\u00ae solution has been designed to be a powerful and robust baseline security for endpoint devices, the reality is that security at the end point needs to be a proactive and ongoing effort by organisations. This is particularly true with so many devices connecting to company networks remotely.\n\nvPro\u00ae will be most effective when backed by several best practice policies, including:\n\nFollowing the recent wave of data breaches, the Australian government has committed to increasing the penalties for organisations that have been impacted by poor security practices. These penalties are now stiff enough to be an existential risk to many organisations. Investing in security solutions that address the gateways to the organisation\u2019s data, as endpoint solutions do, and combining that with a renewed approach to security policy and training, will be a critical way for a business to protect itself into 2023 and beyond.\n\nFor more information on the security features of vPro\u00ae, click here.