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How to Mitigate Firmware Security Risks in Data Centers, and Public and Private Clouds

Published: 03 July 2019

ID: G00387620

Analyst(s): Tony Harvey


Firmware vulnerability gives attackers entry into systems that is invisible and persistent with total control of the server, storage or network device. I&O leaders must deliver an infrastructure, whether on-site, outsourced or in the public cloud, that is protected from firmware-based attacks.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Develop the Skills to Understand Firmware Threats
  • Integrate a Firmware Update Policy Into Standard Procedures
  • Secure Access to Firmware Updates
    • Enable Firmware Security Features
  • Include Secure Firmware Requirements in RFPs
    • Traditional Vendor Supply Contracts
    • Cloud and Third-Party-Managed Systems

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