HP Security Stack: Protecting your Identity

Security is paramount for a commercial PC.

As we have outlined in previous blogs, companies can no longer take risks with their security posture.

HP understand users need to browse securely and work safely, with the confidence they have hardened security features on their client device.


HP have divided their security stack into three categories:

  • - Device security
  • - Identity security
  • - Data security

In continuation with our series, this blog outlines the HP features that protect the identity of the user.


HP Multi-Factor Authentication

Data and identity security breaches are becoming more frequent—and more sophisticated. Traditional login security measures, such as complicated passwords that change frequently, are no longer enough.

Multi-factor authentication requires users to provide more than one form of authentication to verify identity and access systems or data.

The first factor is usually some form of username and password, while the second can range from a PIN to biometrics, to physical keys such as Smart Cards and SecureKeys.

HP’s latest devices are now supporting facial recognition where the user can login with a ‘look’ using the optional camera. For mobile workers, the company can secure the network by prompting users to enter multiple VPN credentials.


HP SpareKey

HP SpareKey is a utility that helps you recover lost system passwords (power-on, drive lock, or BIOS passwords).

When setting up the BIOS Administrator password, remember to enable the HP SpareKey Enrollment which prompts you to provide answers for a sequence of three predetermined personal identification questions.

The HP SpareKey uses these questions to identify you if you need to reset the passwords. Examples of the personal identification questions presented by HP SpareKey are listed below.

  • - What is your mother’s maiden name?
  • What is the name of your first pet?
  • What is your father’s middle name?

HP Device Access Manager

Device Access Manager for HP ProtectTools enables administrators to control access to the devices on a system, and to protect against unauthorized access.

It provides customizable control of data storage and transmission hardware (USB, COM & LPT ports, personal music players, CD drives, network interface cards, etc.)

Device Access Manager can also manage users and user groups to provide read, write, allow or deny access to data on the hardware.



There are also other tools available to assist IT administrators with protecting the identity of the user.

These include HP Image Assistant that aids the quality and security of their PC Windows image by diagnosing the image, identifying problems, recommending solutions, and analysing a PC's readiness for migration to and from Windows 7 or Windows 10.

HP Manageability Integration Kit (MIK) will helps speed up image creation and management of HP BIOS, security, hardware, software when managing devices through Microsoft SCCM.


At PFH, we pride ourselves on delivering best value to our customers for their IT investment. If you need pricing on HP devices, please submit your request via www.ITQuickQuotes.ie and one of our team will provide a quotation within 60 minutes.



HP Security Stack: Protecting your Device

HP Security Stack: Protecting your Device

Tuesday 09 April 2019

Security is paramount for a commercial PC. As we have outlined in previous blogs, companies can no longer take risks with their security posture. HP recently visited our offices to present the latest security features for their client devices.
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