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Innovative malware detection in a changing threat landscape


Malware Lab at HP's Bristol-based Security Lab


The landscape of software attacks is both evolving and growing, as an ever wider variety and quantity of advanced malware is developed and released. It’s no longer enough for security solutions to track the signatures of known malware and their derivatives. Today, they must identify previously unrecognized vulnerabilities – so-called Zero Days – and proactively protect against malware that causes them, without ever having encountered that malware before.


In HP’s Bristol-based Security Lab, the team is using statistical and behavioral analysis techniques to study and detect malware. 


“By doing advanced analytics and detection research, we can find malware that can’t be identified through conventional methodologies,” says Jonathan Griffin, senior researcher in the Lab.

Labels: Security

HP Labs security research steps up to deal with a shifting threat landscape



sshiu_thumbnail.jpgThe modern IT threat landscape is shifting as malicious actors look to take advantage of changes in where we’re placing compute power. Increasingly, processing power is located at the edge of networks in “endpoint” devices, notes Simon Shiu, head of HP’s Security Lab. 


“Endpoint devices now include all printers – home, commercial, and 3D – as well as interactive displays and sensor-equipped devices that are part of the Internet of Things,” Shiu explains. “And more and more we’re seeing threats aimed directly at these network edge points where people are creating, consuming, and sharing information.”


That’s of particular import to HP, a major supplier of both endpoint devices and the infrastructures and ecosystems that support them, and it informs current security research at HP Labs into next generation security architecture and defenses for endpoints and associated eco-systems.

Labels: Security

UK Member of Parliament visits HP Labs Bristol

visit-to-hp-377.jpgHP Labs Bristol recently hosted its local parliamentary representative, Jack Lopresti, member of parliament for Filton and Bradley Stoke, the area North West of Bristol where HP’s UK lab is located.


Lopresti met with George Brasher, managing director of HP UK and Ireland, and Simon Shiu, site director and head of HP’s Security Lab, to learn more about HP after its separation from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, HP’s links with local schools and the University of the West of England (UWE), and new products being developed at the Bristol lab.

Labels: Security

HP SureStart – an industry first in BIOS security



Coinciding with its HP Protect 2013 security event, HP announced the debut of HP SureStart, a first of its kind technology that helps businesses protect against malicious attacks or malfunctions.


The product of a long-standing collaboration between HP Labs and HP’s Business PC division, HP SureStart works with HP BIOSphere, the company’s industry-leading firmware ecosystem, to automatically restore a system’s BIOS firmware to its previously safe state if attacked or corrupted.

Labels: Security
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