Why it’s critical to keep security top of mind when selecting hardware solutions

Organisations are under increasing pressure to invest in digital solutions and skills to drive their company forward, remain competitive in the progressively digital landscape, and protect their business from cyberattacks.

To meet these needs, business leaders may choose to dedicate more funds towards upgrading existing IT infrastructure or invest in new digital technologies to streamline efficiencies across the company. With the cybersecurity risks of working from home accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations may consider dedicating funding to cybersecurity solutions as a critical area of investment.

However, one area that may be overlooked by executives is the need to upgrade secure hardware solutions, which are essential to the business’s daily operations, and increase enterprise security protections at a more fundamental level.

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Distributed hardware leads to poor security and performance

Some IT decision-makers believe that secure hardware devices have become heavily commoditised and feel there’s little difference among enterprise specific and consumer-grade devices. As a result, organisations have implemented a bring your own device (BYOD) policy that allows, and at times encourages, employees to use personal devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops to access enterprise data and systems. This effectively relinquishes any attempt by a business’s IT team to control, monitor and maintain the devices that employees use to access corporate applications.

The truth is that the devices used to access a company’s network are incredibly important to the integrity of its cybersecurity. Consumer-grade devices, used by staff members, are unlikely to meet the enterprise security standards needed to ensure adequate protection of a business from cyberattacks. This includes preventing data theft, that could occur if a laptop were lost or stolen, as consumer-grade laptops may only include minimal secure hardware features such as a firmware-level password lock. The use of personal devices may also result in employees deploying software, applications or services without approval from the IT team, in a practice known as shadow IT. This can leave the organisation vulnerable to significant security risks through potential data leaks and compliance violations.

If the IT team isn’t aware and in control of the hardware being connected and used on the network, it can be difficult for the team to guarantee that devices, hardware and the network itself are all properly secured.

Cybersecurity risks faced by organisations when employees are working from home

With staff members increasingly using technology for remote working, the need for IT teams to have some measure of control over these devices is arguably more important than ever. Employees have significantly reduced physical access to IT support when they’re working remotely, increasing the risk posed by devices that sit outside of the protections of a company’s network security.

As a result, it’s becoming increasingly evident that organisations must reclaim ownership of secure hardware to help ensure that all devices used within the company, and therefore connected to its network, are appropriately secure. This will also give the IT department suitable oversight across the board.

How companies can keep their systems secure

When it comes to selecting hardware solutions for the business, it’s critical that IT teams keep security top of mind. The continued investment made by the business in cybersecurity solutions to protect its network could be quickly rendered meaningless if there were easy ways for cybercriminals to infiltrate the organisation from within. Additionally, by failing to invest in secure hardware that includes enterprise-level security features, companies may be exposed to a number of hardware-focused attacks and vulnerabilities such as unencrypted hard disks and a lack of remote management. Comparatively, enterprise-grade hardware may potentially include security features such as trusted platform modules (TPMs) for better protection against cyberattacks.

It’s essential that business leaders, led by their IT departments, focus their attention on the need for secure hardware as this can help protect the organisation from the inside out. By investing in hardware and solutions that have security built in, companies will be better placed to keep their systems secure on a fundamental level. Hardware is, in essence, the base on which software runs and, if the foundation isn’t secure, then cracks may appear in the levels above.

In our latest whitepaper, Blue Connections IT outlines the potential risks organisations face when they overlook the need to upgrade hardware solutions that they rely on for daily operations. Blue Connections IT understands the importance of investing in secure hardware to protect the enterprise and put control back in hands of IT. Blue Connections IT works with companies such as Lenovo to empower its clients to access secure hardware solutions and services to protect their businesses from the inside out.

To learn more about how Blue Connections IT and Lenovo can help protect your business from cyberattacks, submit your details to download our latest whitepaper or contact the team today.

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