Phoenix Technologies Announces FirmGuard

Phoenix Technologies Announces FirmGuard

Phoenix Technologies, a leading independent firmware vendor for personal computers and computing devices, has released FirmGuard, a cybersecurity product to remediate firmware vulnerabilities. Firmware is the software that connects a device’s microchips to the operating system.

Phoenix Technologies is the first UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) vendor to offer an enterprise-grade cybersecurity product.

FirmGuard is a cloud-based service initially aimed at Managed Service Providers (MSPs). It will also be offered to large corporations and government organizations.

Gerard Moore, President and CEO of Phoenix Technologies said:

“This is an important strategic development for us and expands our capabilities for a far larger number of customers. It is also our first SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) product. Because of our expertise and decades of experience in firmware, we are we are in the unique position to offer FirmGuard.

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“We have seen a steady increase in reported firmware vulnerabilities over the past five years.  According to Gartner *, 70% of organizations that do not have a firmware upgrade plan in place will be harmed by a firmware vulnerability.

“Given firmware’s position in the tech stack, a successful firmware infiltration gives a malicious actor complete control over a device.  FirmGuard will close the firmware vulnerability, perhaps before many organizations even realize they are compromised.

FirmGuard offers a range of functions to measure, manage and mitigate vulnerabilities. The product analyzes or measures the condition of each endpoint. With this information, an administrator can remotely manage each endpoint with a range of functions that can be used, for example, to configure and update UEFI firmware. If problems arise, they are easily remedied by cloning, locking, or cryptographically wiping an endpoint’s data store.

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