Earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled its plans to expand the Secured-Core initiative to its server products to help protect organizations from firmware attacks. The company has recently unveiled its plans to expand the Secured-Core initiative are now available for enterprise customers.
“Partnering with leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and silicon vendors, Secured-core servers use industry-standard hardware-based root of trust coupled with security capabilities built into today’s modern central processing units (CPUs). Secured-core servers use the Trusted Platform Module 2.0 and Secure boot to ensure that only trusted components load in the boot path,” the company explained in a blog post.
Microsoft noted that enterprise customers can now search for Secured-Core servers in the Windows Server and Azure Stack HCI online catalog lists. Currently, there are only four all-HPE products based on Azure Stack HCI and a bunch of products that support the Windows Server specifications.
Meanwhile, IT Admins will need to head to the Windows Admin Center in order to manage the Secure-Core servers’ configuration and status. The new Windows Admin Center UI makes it easier for IT Admins to configure the following Secured-Core features without running any complex commands in PowerShell:
Microsoft says that the new Secured-Core server specification provides “exceptional host security,” which should make it harder for attackers to target the enterprise networks. “Continuing to raise the security bar for critical infrastructure against attackers makes it easier for organizations to meet that higher bar, which is an important priority for both customers and Microsoft,” Microsoft noted.
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