Just as with everything else in business, you need to make sure that all your IT hardware is business-grade. It starts with business motherboards inside your PCs
It’s easy to overlook the specific benefits of a specialist motherboard for business. It’s often not a consideration when shopping for a new board to base a PC or server spec around. You’ve worked out the motherboard type (Intel typically) and the processor generation you need. So why choose a business motherboard over any other model?
The answer lies in the way business motherboards like the ASUS PRIME series are designed and engineered. PRIME boards offer three specific features that businesses can benefit from enhanced security, better reliability and simplified management. But what do these mean in practice, and why are they important for your business needs? Let’s find out.
ASUS offers several security features that combine to form its ASUS Shield. They cover both the motherboard’s physical hardware as well as its firmware, which is to say, the computer’s BIOS (the tiny bit of software that initialises the computer and its hardware, plus performs various tests to check all is functioning correctly before handing control over to the operating system).
Security measures include the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), a specialised microchip on the motherboard that performs various checks. One example is how it provides hardware authentication for gaining access to your network – if any encryption keys stored within it are modified without authorisation, it’s refused entry.
The motherboards are also protected using ASUS Secure Boot, a mechanism that checks all the boot software is genuine and hasn’t been altered by potentially malicious sources.
To prevent these sources gaining a foothold, ASUS PRIME motherboards are certified to NIST SP 800-147 standards. This is a series of standards designed to enhance server security within the BIOS. First, this ensures the BIOS can only be updated using authenticated BIOS images – namely images provided and tested by ASUS itself. This can be accompanied by a secure local update mechanism, which forces all updates to be manually approved. Other protections ensure that the firmware can’t be modified outside of the update mechanism and that hardware components – including the processor – can’t be leveraged to bypass these protections.