Compute Security

What is Compute Security?

Compute security is the protection needed to combat the threat of cyberattacks for the entire lifespan of your servers—from supply chain manufacturing to decommissioning.

How does compute security work?

Compute security works in three layers. It begins with a trusted supply chain, which provides organizations with an initial layer of security even before the compute infrastructure is delivered either on premises or across a hybrid cloud environment. This ensures protection even before the hardware is plugged in at the end location.

The second layer of protection is automation; A successful defense of your infrastructure relies heavily on automated security. With malicious code and malware constantly threatening your infrastructure, you need early detection support to help control the amount of recovery time and capital required to restore safety and health within your organization.

The third layer of compute security is the repurposing or decommissioning of technology at the end of its lifecycle. The process of removing passwords, configurations, and data is critical before your infrastructure can be effectively retired. Relying on compute security during this process helps to guarantee security within the updated infrastructure that you deploy.

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Why is compute security critical to enterprises?

With an ever-expanding threat to your data, assets, and resources, securing your organization’s compute infrastructure and networking has never been more critical. Cyber-attacks involve stealing intellectual property or devices, disrupting services, creating and distributing viruses and ransomware, and the implementation of malicious code.

The cost of identifying and preventing attacks, along with recovery efforts required during or after attacks, has surged exponentially due to the attacks’ sophistication. It is critical that your data center has effective security to provide support before, during, and after cyber-attacks.

In order to enable security with performance at scale, enterprises need support within every layer of their data infrastructure from edge to cloud. This means isolated security architecture, including a firewall, that functions completely independently of the server.

Isolation from the server provides significantly better security within your data center. With most extensive cyber-attacks originating as an infiltration of the firewall, enterprises need a security platform that can further mitigate attackers from accessing the firewall. When this is enabled, it is considered a true, zero-trust security architecture.

How is compute security automated?

Technological developments have enabled the automation of compute security. Without automation capabilities, security would not be able to combat today’s sophisticated cyber-attacks. Compute security automation occurs through:

Monitoring and detection

It is absolutely critical to maintain visibility of every facet of your IT infrastructure, yet impossible to have an IT manager oversee everything. Automation is a necessary element in the monitoring and detection of unusual activities and threats to your IT environment.



In order to respond to attacks quickly, you need security elements that concurrently function across the entirety of your data environment. The faster your systems can be verified as stable and protected, the sooner you can resume business. With the proper security tools, remediation can be applied in impacted areas quickly and efficiently. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be implemented within your security to help with remediation efforts, providing the ability to analyze the attacker and form of attack in order to prevent future attacks.


To promote the longevity of your data, assets, and systems, you must enable automation. When automation is incorporated into your security infrastructure, the disruptions for your customers are mitigated. And with compute security automation, your servers are more thoroughly protected by ensured redundancy, effectively preventing a crash among all of your critical servers in the middle of an attack.

HPE and compute security

Regulated industries are faced with pressures to streamline operations and improve security while simultaneously scaling up to take on additional demands for compute. HPE offers compute security solutions that counter the significant challenges within enterprise IT management. HPE protects your data, workloads, and infrastructure, adapting to complex threats to provide you with the world’s most secure industry-standard server portfolio. The latest HPE compute security innovations include:

HPE ProLiant servers: Creating a foundation for compute across hybrid cloud environments, HPE ProLiant servers deliver world-class workload optimization, 360-degree security, and intelligent automation—all available as a service.

Silicon Root of Trust: With HPE’s Silicon Root of Trust, you get protection against firmware attacks and exposure to malware, as well as support with server recovery after an attack. The program disallows any malware from being loaded on the server and restores the server to a secure state in the event of an attack—all without any manual involvement.

Zero-trust provisioning: With certificates that enable zero trust, this provisioning extends the Silicon Root of Trust even deeper within the HPE ProLiant architecture.

Trusted supply chain: Our servers are assembled in secure facilities with the highest level of conformance requirements, effectively offering advanced end-to-end security. We have you covered from manufacturing and delivery through the lifetime of your architecture to decommissioning.