Top 4 Ways to Strengthen Security with PC Lifecycle Management

Security threats are becoming more advanced, targeted and sophisticated. Unfortunately, we see the results in the news regularly, with recent attacks such as WannaCry and Petya crippling organisations worldwide. Endpoints remain by far the No. 1 source of security breaches — for certain types of breaches, 95% occur at the endpoint.1

Organisations can reduce risk by modernising and staying up to date with the latest security technologies at their endpoints, leveraging innovations in hardware-based encryption and authentication to provide users with additional levels of protection. Here are the top four ways PC lifecycle management can reduce security risks for your organisation.

No. 1: Leverage hardware-based security innovations
Modern PCs and other devices are equipped with robust and innovative security features in the hardware. For example, 7th Generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors use Intel Authenticate® technology to provide multifactor security protections, including fingerprint, Bluetooth, proximity and protected PIN. These capabilities reduce exposure to software-level attacks such as password cracking, phishing and screen scraping.

In addition, devices based on 6th and 7th Generation Intel Core vPro processors are equipped with Data Guard, a technology that delivers encrypted data security that is easy to deploy and manage, while being transparent to end users. A PC lifecycle management process ensures that those users who need these layers of extra protection have access to them and are current with the latest innovations in hardware technology.

No. 2: Use best-of-breed endpoint data security and management
Just as hardware is evolving quickly to adjust to a more sophisticated threat environment, so is software. By leveraging a PC lifecycle management program from Dell EMC, organisations have access to a broad range of endpoint data security and management capabilities focused on four key areas: data protection, threat prevention, identity and system management.

For example, PC lifecycle management customers have access to the Dell EMC Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise, which uses machine learning Advanced Threat prevention with 99% efficacy against both known and unknown threats. In addition, customers can use Dell EMC Secure Lifecycle to protect data both when it is at rest and while it is in transit or in use.

No. 3: Simplify policy management and enforcement
Security policy management and enforcement is one of the biggest challenges for organisations, particularly with the growth of mobile and remote workers and the expansion of bring-your-own-device initiatives. By leveraging Dell EMC PC lifecycle management, customers can take advantage of security solutions that are interconnected and designed to make it simple to comply with enterprise governance policies and external regulations. In addition, IT teams can lower the risk of using outdated devices, which tend to use older software versions that often remain unpatched.

No. 4: Ensure end-of-lifecycle management
Many organisations are unaware of the myriad security threats that can take place at the end of a product’s lifecycle. When a device reaches the point where it must be either retired or recycled, all data on the device must be destroyed or sanitised. Without the proper processes and procedures in place, organisations run the risk of having things go wrong during the disposition phase, leading to a potential data breach or failure to meet compliance requirements. With Dell EMC PC lifecycle management, IT teams can turn the process over to Dell EMC to determine the best course of action for each piece of equipment. This not only improves security but also maximises the investment.

Conclusion
Cybersecurity remains the biggest concern for IT professionals today. Innovations such as mobility, cloud computing, social networking and the Internet of Things are making the environment more complex to manage. IT and security professionals should be looking at every aspect of their infrastructure for vulnerabilities, and in particular, they should be examining risk at their endpoints.

One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to enhance security is to leverage PC lifecycle management from Dell EMC. In addition to reducing overall costs and increasing productivity, PC lifecycle management enables your organisation to utilise the latest advances in security protections and embrace new technologies as they come along. PC lifecycle management will also simplify security management for your IT team and make users more comfortable and secure, no matter where they are located or what devices they are using.

12015 Data Breach Investigations Report,” Verizon, April 13, 2015