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HP has responded to the growth in remote working and security threats with a service that its channel can take out to customers looking to secure their hardware.
The vendor’s Wolf Security offering will give partners the chance to pitch secure PCs and printers, along with software and endpoint services. HP is hoping that taking a platform approach will make it easier for partners and customers to tap into the protection it can offer.
Headline findings from its Blurred lines and blindspots report indicate that the global volume of cyber attacks increased by 238% during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Remote workers were one of the main targets of attacks, and with hybrid working likely to be a lasting legacy of Covid, the vendor is moving to plug that gap.
“The future of work will be more distributed than ever before, with a growing number of people working from multiple locations outside the office. This will unlock exciting new opportunities for greater mobility, but it also creates new vulnerabilities,” said Joanna Burkey, chief information security officer (CISO) at HP.
The vendor has made it clear that it views Wolf Security as something its channel will be taking to market.
Joanna Burkey, HP
“HP partners are devoted to understanding their customers. The mass shift to remote work as a result of the pandemic has led to new worker behaviour that is unwittingly increasing cyber security risk and increasing pressure on IT teams with less visibility than before,” said Neil Sawyer, director of channel and partner alliances at HP.
“With an ever-growing number of endpoints to guard, customers of all sizes are looking for new tools. That’s why HP is arming partners with HP Wolf Security training and certification through HP University, in addition to marketing tools and resources,” he added.
The version of Wolf Security aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) includes several layers of protection through a combination of tools, including threat containment, malware protection and identity protection. HP Wolf Essential Security is also included with HP+ smart printers, offering round-the-clock protection to fend off attacks.
In these current times of social distancing, the vendor is using a series of videos to familiarise partners and customers with the Wolf Security concept and the main planks of the offering.
HP Wolf Security comes in different flavours
HP is providing a few options for the channel to pitch to customers, depending on their size and needs:
- HP Wolf Security for Business includes a portfolio of hardware-enforced security features, included with every business PC purchase, designed for businesses of all sizes.
- HP Wolf Pro Security offers software and services for small to mid-sized businesses.
- HP Wolf Enterprise Security offers software and services for large enterprises and government organisations.