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5/20/2016
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Steve Zurier
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5 Tips for Protecting Firmware From Attacks

Don't let hackers take advantage of holes in firmware. Here's how to stop them.
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1. Understand that the threat to firmware is real

Security managers need to know that the risk of an attack in firmware is quite real and that firmware must be updated like any other software. While many of the manufacturers are starting to include firmware improvements in routine BIOS updates, it's still hit or miss, so firmware updates are something security and IT managers need to manage themselves. Check the support page of your vendor's website for firmware updates that may be available for systems in your infrastructure.  

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1. Understand that the threat to firmware is real

Security managers need to know that the risk of an attack in firmware is quite real and that firmware must be updated like any other software. While many of the manufacturers are starting to include firmware improvements in routine BIOS updates, its still hit or miss, so firmware updates are something security and IT managers need to manage themselves. Check the support page of your vendors website for firmware updates that may be available for systems in your infrastructure.

Image Source: hacksmods.com

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5/26/2016 | 3:37:44 AM
greetings!!
Awesome article very informative..
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hilalashwaq411,
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8/27/2016 | 12:46:54 AM
Thank you
Thanks for the wonderful tips! Aside from installing anti malware software (like antivirus - ESET Antivirus etc), one's innocence of malware must be addressed. Be informed and cautious all the time.
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