How strong is your organization’s cybersecurity strategy?
 

How strong is your organization’s cybersecurity strategy?

IT organizations are empowered to stop cyberattacks in real time, and to protect data and privacy with the integration of cloud-based technology and devices with security at the core.

Remote work during the pandemic provided a wakeup call for many organizations to prioritize data protection, cybersecurity, and privacy policies. IT leaders also gained valuable insights about the way people work, according to the Lenovo global study, The Future of Work and Digital Transformation.1

Industry experts anticipate a 27.4% net increase in the annual number of security breaches, according to an Accenture2 cybercrime study. And University of San Diego3 cybersecurity experts have shown that working remotely can make individuals and organizations more susceptible to cyberattacks.3 Experts attribute the meteoric rise in cyberattacks to our growing reliance on mobile devices, which are often connected to insecure public internet platforms or broadband mobile networks.

While advances in technology make organizations more productive, artificial intelligence and augmented reality are also driving the evolution of increasingly sophisticated cyberthreats. Arming your remote IT teams and mobile workforce with intrinsic security empowers people to work more safely and productively. Intrinsic security strategies protect privacy, data, and IT assets by integrating hardware, software, cloud-based technology, and IT support services. Ultimately, this strategy enables organizations to manage fiscal, operational, and reputational risks related to workforce mobility.

Built-in hardware provides security from the chip to the cloud
A Microsoft study revealed that cyberattacks afflict 83% of businesses, but only 29% of organizations are able to allocate sufficient resources to provide end-to-end IT security.4 Built-in hardware and cloud-based platforms make it possible for stretched IT organizations to manage security from the chip to the cloud.

In fact, Microsoft’s Pluton security processor provides an unprecedented level of protection for credentials, user identities, encryption keys, and personal data. The chip is built into the CPU, providing security at the core of devices. It also guards against cyberattacks that take control of PCs by isolating the chip from the rest of the operating system.

Another innovation is the Trusted Platform Module (dTPM 2.0). Embedded at the core of PCs, this chip protects firmware by securing encryption, passwords, and user key storage. The chip is required to operate Windows 11. It also supports features like Windows BitLocker Device Encryption, which protects hard drives, portable drives, and data on devices using two or more authentication factors.

Integrating built-in hardware and cloud-based technology optimizes security management
Half of all critical corporate data resides on unprotected laptops and desktops.5 Smarter technology now empowers remote IT organizations to protect data stored on deployed devices and prevent enterprise cyberattacks.

The Intel vPro® platform integrates built-in hardware and cloud-based technology. Features like Intel® Hardware Shield work right out of the box to protect against firmware attacks. And for an added level of protection, IT teams can activate Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT). This feature allows IT administrators to push patches from the cloud for critical security updates, remotely remediate and recover an infected device, and isolate out-of-band-data.

Arm your IT organization with cloud-based technology to stop cyberattacks in real time

Speed is of the essence when it comes to cybersecurity, and four cloud-based products provide IT organizations real-time protection to secure devices and prevent data breaches:

  • Secure data. Prevent data leakage and credential theft from unsecured or non-updated PCs or mobile devices with Lenovo Security Console, a cloud-based data loss prevention (DLP) app that guards against malware, ransomware, phishing, and spearfishing.
  • Protect deployed devices. Sentinel One® provides endpoint security powered by artificial intelligence to provide PC users real-time prevention, detection, and response to malware.
  • Manage enterprise security. BUFFERZONE protects organizations from advanced cybersecurity threats such as ransomware, zero-day exploits, and phishing coming from downloads or removable media.
  • Monitor field assets. Get real-time security alerts and monitor your entire fleet of devices with Absolute Persistence,® a cloud-based dashboard providing endpoint intelligence.

Arm your mobile workforce with built-in device security to protect data and privacy

Mobile teams count on laptops to keep business humming from anywhere, and four layers of built-in security and IT support services protect privacy and data throughout the device lifecycle:

Theft protection.

  • A built-in lock slot makes it easier to use a laptop security cable.
  • GPS tracking identifies the location of misplaced or stolen devices with Wi-Fi.

Privacy protection.

  • Built-in privacy shutters keep webcams closed to shield devices from hackers.
  • Physical camera covers assure people that cameras are not recording.
  • Gaze detection technology alerts users when someone is looking at their screen.
  • PrivacyGuard blurs screens when users look away and locks devices when users step away from their screens.

Data protection.

  • Infrared cameras support facial recognition for Windows Hello authentication.
  • Bluetooth enables user authentication from authorized mobile devices.
  • Fingerprint readers block spoofing algorithms with Quantum Matcher.
  • Input/output (I/O) port access controls ensure the integrity of plug-ins.

IT support and service.

  • Keep Your Drive enables customers to keep the hard drive if a device requires service, keeping critical data secure while a device is in transit for repairs.
  • The BIOS wipe feature reliably deletes all data at the end of a device’s lifecycle.

Sources
1 Lenovo, "The Future of Work and Digital Transformation," 2021
2 Accenture, "The Annual Cost of Cybercrime," August 2020
3, Michelle Moore, PhD, "Top Cybersecurity Threats in 2021," University of San Diego, 2020
4 David Weston, "Meet the Microsoft Pluton Processor: The security chip designed for the future of Windows PCs," Microsoft, November 2020
5 Intel, “What is the Intel vPro Platform?” 2021