Speaker Sessions

The Rise of Hardware Enabled Security for the PC – A Riddle, Wrapped in an Enigma

Wednesday, May 5: 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Hardware security presents an enigma for IT…its mysterious configurations and protections are often enabled by OEMs or OSVs, it is also presents an obscure attack surface that is hard to fix in the field, yet according to Gartner, new hardware security innovations have reached early mainstream adoption. A PC that is entirely based on software security will be an easy target for an attacker, while those that integrate hardware security will be significantly stronger. Chip-level security capabilities form a strong foundation and transitive trust chain from which all security capabilities are improved and hardened into an enterprise class PC, ready to protect valuable digital corporate assets and personal data. However, not all PC hardware security capabilities are on an equal playing field which can limit key security models of importance to CISOs and IT. To help prepare IT to take advantage of HW security, we present the essential foundation and advanced capabilities that are available today along with an applicability mapping to the typical PC build for security applications. Attendees will receive a free copy of an IDC report on silicon enabled threat detection and an IOActive third party PC security comparison report.