Ric Opal Discusses Microsoft’s Secured-Core PC Initiative

October 22, 2019   //   News

Microsoft announced that they are launching an effort to boost firmware security on PCs. This effort is called Secure-Core PCs and the goal is to enable new devices to better stop threats at the firmware and operating system level. This will include added collaboration from the PC makers and the chipmakers.

In a recent interview, Microsoft stated that these devices will be especially helpful for industries that handle highly sensitive IP, customer or personal data. These devices are designed to prevent attacks rather than simply detecting them and will assure operating system and firmware integrity. The new Windows 10 devices meet the Secured-Core PC requirements and PC makers such as Dell, Toshiba, Dynabook, HP, Lenovo and Panasonic are involved with the initiative.

It’s not surprising to see Microsoft leading in this area. I expect this type of behavior given their global footprint and the level of investment as they continue to prioritize security for our mutual customers.

-Ric Opal, Principal at SWC Technology Partners, a BDO USA LLP company

Getting to the root cause of security issues is crucial for Microsoft from a long-term point of view. It’s also smart for Microsoft to proactively deal with the perception of security issues being a ‘Microsoft problem’ when, in fact, they may not be.

-Ric Opal, Principal at SWC Technology Partners, a BDO USA LLP company

By driving the investment, awareness, and standard, Microsoft continues to impress with their security leadership. Security is not a vendor problem, it is a problem we must jointly solve broadly in the world.

-Ric Opal, Principal at SWC Technology Partners, a BDO USA LLP company

To view the full article from CRN, visit Microsoft Launches Secured-Core PC Initiative to Boost Firmware.