HP to launch new BIOS protection for its business laptops

HP's EliteBook family of notebooks will be the first with HP SureStart.

As the world becomes more and more connected to the Internet, the threat that a PC can get hit with a malware download or another kind of cyber attack will also increase. In order to defeat these kinds of threats, HP has announced a new security program that is designed to quickly restore a PC if it is a victim of a malware attack.

HP's press release reveals some of the details on the new security system, called HP SureStart. The company claims it will provide near perfect protection for a PC's BIOS as it will automatically restore it to a previously safe state within 30 seconds if it senses something is wrong. It states:

Regardless of reason — intentional malicious attack, unknown cause, a failed update or other accidental cause — HP SureStart recovers the PC BIOS for continued user productivity and reduced IT help desk requests.

HP's press release doesn't offer too much information on exactly how HP SureStart works, perhaps because they don't want to give hackers and malware creators any details. However, if this system does what HP says it is supposed to do, it could help to keep PC security threats down for businesses. HP will start offering HP SureStart on its EliteBook business notebooks later this fall.

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So... This is another kind of rootkit right? A protection process that can't be removed because it is loaded bios level that will rollback the system to a previous "safe" state.

These kinds of attacks are so rare they need to focus on something else instead. Like making a recovery solution that does not fail or get corrupted. I service alot of HPs and they usually have the easiest recovery solution to break.

Not exactly, what your talking about is 2 separate BIOS's and you can fail from one to the other, but one is still broken unless you (or the IT department) repair it.
This actually fixes the damaged BIOS.
Now take into account this is designed on the business notebooks, this means less trips to the IT department to fix your machine and more time IT and you can spend doing other more productive things.

Tony. said,
So this is just a back up BIOS? Don't most motherboards have this feature now?

Hahaha, memories of that 'Dual Bios' thing from 2000-ish AMD motherboards, always found that to be a complete waste of time, the BIOS never had problems that needed a backup ROM.