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New Dell Utility Alerts Security Teams of BIOS Attacks

Dell on Friday announced the launch of Dell SafeBIOS Events & Indicators of Attack, a utility designed to alert IT and security teams about BIOS configuration changes that could be part of a sophisticated attack.

Dell SafeBIOS Events & Indicators of Attack (IoA) is available immediately worldwide for Dell commercial PCs as part of the company’s Trusted Device solution. Dell told SecurityWeek that SafeBIOS Events & IoA can be downloaded by customers free of charge.

SafeBIOS Events & IoA is designed to identify endpoint threats at the BIOS level by using behavior-based detection technology. The utility monitors the BIOS for any configuration changes and analyzes them to determine if they could be part of an attack.Dell improves BIOS security product

When a potential exploit is detected, the organization’s IT or security team is immediately notified in their management console, enabling them to take quick action before too much damage can be done.

“As workforces transition to remote work nearly overnight, organizations need to ensure their workers’ PCs are secure, starting below the operating system in the BIOS,” Dell said. “Securing the BIOS is particularly critical because a compromised BIOS can potentially provide an attacker with access to all data on the endpoint, including high-value targets like credentials. In a worst-case scenario, attackers can leverage a compromised BIOS to move within an organization’s network and attack the broader IT infrastructure.”

This is not the first enhancement made by Dell to its SafeBIOS product. Last year, it announced a new utility for off-host BIOS verification, resulting from integrations with CrowdStrike, VMware and Secureworks technology.

Dell also announced on Friday that it’s offering temporary licenses for Dell Encryption until May 15. The offer is meant to help organizations whose employees work remotely due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.