Should firms be more worried about firmware cyber-attacks?

By Mary-Ann Russon4 days ago


Computing giant Microsoft recently put out a report claiming that businesses globally are neglecting a key aspect of their cyber-security - the need to protect computers, servers and other devices from firmware attacks.

Its survey of 1,000 cyber-security decision makers at enterprises across multiple industries in the UK, US, Germany, Japan and China has revealed that 80% of firms have experienced at least one firmware attack in the past two years.

Yet only 29% of security budgets have been allocated to protect firmware.

However, the new report comes on the back of a recent significant security vulnerability affecting Microsoft's widely-used Exchange email system.

And the computing giant launched a range of extra-secure Windows 10 computers last year that it says will prevent firmware from being tampered with.

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