Dell launches new post-boot BIOS verification tool for its commercial PCs

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Dell launched on Thursday a new post-boot basic input/output system (BIOS) verification product for Dell commercial PCs, which allows customers to ensure their devices remain free from malware during the boot process.

The new BIOS verification tool uses a secure cloud environment to compare and test an individual BIOS image against the official measurements held in the Dell BIOS lab.

The BIOS verification product is part of the Dell Data Protection | Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise suite, which integrates Cylance technology using artificial intelligence and machine learning to prevent advanced persistent threats and malware.

"When you boot your computer, we take a snapshot of what the BIOS looks like, we push it to the Cylance cloud, compare it to the [original BIOS] from Dell … if there is an anomaly, we notify the IT team and they can take whatever action they deemed required," Brett Hansen, executive director of marketing at end user computing software and mobility solutions at Dell, told FierceITSecurity.

In addition, Dell unveiled on Tuesday its Dell One Identity Safeguard for Privileged Passwords, which enables small and medium-sized businesses to strengthen their security postures while giving administrators a way to gain access to privileged accounts. The product also helps secure Dell SonicWALL next-generation firewalls by locking down the privileged passwords associated with them.

Dell said that this is the first time it is offering an identity and access management solution through its channel partners at the initial product launch.

"We believe this solution is a natural extension to our current network security portfolio, as it can be used to manage the administrator accounts and passwords of not only the SonicWALL next-generation firewall, but also other devices, including Dell servers," Kelly Hardy, product marketing manager at Dell, told FierceITSecurity.

For more:
- check out Dell's BIOS verification release
- see Dell's privileged passwords product release

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