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Dell steps up security in supply chain

by on04 December 2020

Wants to duck attacks before PC reaches punters

Dell announced several steps that it's taking to secure its supply chain to prevent attacks that occur before a device reaches a customer.

Dell Technologies global chief technology officer John Roese said that Dell already had professional security engineers and other security measures in place but has added some new ways to protect hardware, one of which is adding more security to its supply chain.

He said there were two  areas that Dell has improved in its supply chain to help ensure secure transit and delivery of commercial PCs.

This included SafeSupply Chain Tamper Evident Services place tamper-evident seals on devices and their boxes. These are placed at the factory before shipment, so any broken seal could indicate an issue. People can also elect to have an optional pallet seal for an extra layer of security.

Then there were  SafeSupply Chain Data Sanitisation services prevent spyware and other "illicit agents" from being placed on PCs.

Dell uses NIST-compliant hard drive wipes to make sure that a device is clean before a company adds its own company image.

Alongside its improved supply chain that helps protect commercial PCs, Dell announced several new security features that help protect servers. The new Secured Component Verification verifies that no changes were made to hardware and that a server is still factory sealed. There are also several improvements and new options for enterprise customers to secure, sanitize, and destroy data from devices.

Last modified on 04 December 2020
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