Windows 8 Brings Hardware-Based Security to the Mainstream

Despite the emergence of Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) software security has consistently failed to detect threats that target the pre-boot stage of the device. However, all is not lost as enterprises have in-built security in their employees’ devices already – it just needs to be activated and managed. Hardware-based security is the most effective way to secure data and is increasingly moving into the mainstream via Windows 8.

For some time, layering security software on top of a device has been the approach that thousands of enterprises (and software security providers) have relied on in their quest to protect information and evade network threats. It’s easy to see why – it’s the approach that’s been sold to them.

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Windows 8 Shows Microsoft Still has the Chops to Reshape the Future of Computing

Windows 8 is nothing short of the most dramatic overhaul of the world’s most dominant operating system in 17 years. Much of the most talked-about features include a dual user interface (UI) consisting of a “Metro” side designed for use on slates and tables and the more classic “desktop” Windows 7-like UI.

But we’ll leave the discussions of the glossier aspects of Win 8 to the pundits.

No, for us Win 8 is the catalyst we’ve been waiting for – when the industry finally woke up to the promise of better security. It’s what Wave, and our colleagues in the Trusted Computing Group, have espoused and championed for nearly a decade: embedded hardware security built on industry standards.

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September 2012 Denial of Service Attacks on the Banks were Avoidable

Retail customers of Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, and PNC Bank were unable to get to their accounts for days in the last two weeks of September. There is no telling how many people missed payments, and Twitter was filled with tweets expressing frustration over the banks’ inability to serve their valued customers. Many banks suggested that their customers do their banking in person, although some also mentioned that their mobile phone applications would still work.

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AFCEA Conference Video: Steven Sprague Challenges Audience to Rethink Concept of “Network”

At AFCEA TechNet Land Forces East on the 16th, Wave CEO Steven Sprague presented a plenary session that posed the following question to attendees: “What is mobile?”

“Mobile,” he argued, “is a transition of the network architecture. It is a transformation from a network based on connections to a network based on identity.”

Mr. Sprague’s session delved into what this means for enterprise and government, from hardware provisioning, management, and strategy. He describes what an organization needs to do from the ground up in order to refocus the network in this way and recounts the benefits of identifying each device accessing sensitive networks & data.

Wave CEO Discusses Scrambls on KLIV Radio Show

Steven Sprague talks with Silicon Valley’s KLIV CEO Show about the new scrambls service, the evolution of hardware security, and innovation in the Silicon Valley and beyond. The full interview is available below.

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