Microsoft introduces Secure Core PCs on Surface devices

Secure core PCs are the future.

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Microsoft announced the introduction of Secure Core PC, which is a PC device that integrates hardware, firmware, and software in such a way that strengthens security and protection overall, right from the ground up, as the Redmond-based tech giant states in its latest blog post.

For the first time, we built all our PC devices as Secured core PCs, which means they integrate hardware, firmware and software defenses to protect against sophisticated cyber threats from the ground up. Additionally, our devices are manufactured in state-of-the-art, secure facilities, with every piece of code and component undergoing rigorous scrutiny.

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The company names the Surface laptops and devices (including those announced at the recent Microsoft Surface Event) as being some of the examples of the Secured core PCs. According to Microsoft, they are secured by default and will remain so, from the time they leave the factory, until the end.

Surface Engineering integrates defense in depth across multiple layers, including hardware, firmware, software applications and identity, to provide a complete security solution for our customers. When we say there’s value in a built-in versus bolt-on approach, we mean that our teams think all day, every day, about how malicious actors could threaten your business and what we need to build into Windows and Surface to help keep you protected.

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What’s next for Surface laptops as Secure core PCs?

Microsoft will rewrite the firmware of these Secure Core PCs using RUST, which in Microsoft’s own words, is a memory-safe programming language focusing on performance, safety, and the ability to run multiple tasks simultaneously.

RUST is also capable of reducing threats and cyberattacks by 70%, according to a study conducted by the company, and it is already employed, and integrated into Azure and Windows Insider builds.secure core pc microsoft

Surface is pioneering the RUST transition journey by building open-source platforms enabling RUST-based firmware and driver development by the broader ecosystem.

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Aside from RUST, Microsoft counts on Windows 11’s security features, and Windows Hello and its protected ways of sign-in, to enhance security on Surface devices. Plus, the Redmond-based tech giant will provide 6 years of firmware and driver support to these devices, which will ensure longevity and adaptability to the Surface laptops.

When it comes to sensitive information, Surface laptops will be managed at a hardware-level, and admins will be able to easily control and disable peripherals, such as cameras, Bluetooth, and others, through Microsoft Intune or Surface Tools.

Microsoft’s blog about the Surface Core PC can be accessed here, and you should check it out.

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