From Weakest Link to Front-Line Defense

By staying current with the latest innovations in software and hardware, businesses can turn their weakest links into formidable front-line defenses.

Without modern protections, every device is an open door inviting a security breach. But there’s a way to turn these potential vulnerabilities into a protective barrier.

The first step is to upgrade your operating system. Many enterprises are already doing this. Security is certainly one of the reasons that corporate migration to Windows* 10 will be the fastest adoption of Windows in Microsoft’s history, according to Gartner1. As Windows evolves as a service model, new hardware becomes even more important for keeping pace with the frequency of new features and critical updates to the operating system.

Software alone only provides one-dimensional protection when facing modern security threats. To tackle cybersecurity proactively, new hardware is essential to strengthening software.

“Hackers are phishing and hunting for zero-day exploits, so businesses better invest in new hardware that helps ensure security from the core to the application layer,” said Sumera Baker, a security consultant and the author of a recent white paper on the role of software and hardware in defending against modern cyberthreats2. “Security can’t just be in applications, security tools, and perimeter firewalls; it has to be embedded in the hardware too.”

This level of security is what you find when new security features in Windows* 10 are paired with hardware-based enhancements in new 8th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor-based devices.

Consider this. Verizon’s* 2017 Data Breaches Investigations Report found that 80 percent of hacking-related security breaches used stolen or guessed passwords3. New computers with Intel® vPro™ platform offer superior identity protection to strengthen Windows* 10. Windows Credential Guard* uses Intel® Virtualization Technology to sequester credential keys in containers, far from the eyes of hackers. When a device is first turned on, Intel® BIOS Guard and Intel® Boot Guard help the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface for Secure Boot* make sure there are no threats present before the operating system launches.

Hackers are relentless. They go after easy targets and in most cases that means credentials. Modern biometric-supported devices can add a strong layer of protection. But you need the latest hardware to benefit from the full potential of technologies like high-fidelity fingerprint reading and infrared webcams, which make facial recognition more precise by blocking background lighting.

“Security can’t just be in applications, security tools, and perimeter firewalls; it has to be embedded in the hardware too.”

—Sumera Baker, Cyber Security Consultant

$70: The average cost of a password reset in 2014.

There’s an additional benefit to biometric factors replacing passwords: IT tickets for password resets drop, saving IT an average cost of $70 per ticket, according to one study from 20144.

The combined strength of Microsoft software and Intel®-based hardware lets employees enjoy all the productivity benefits of Windows* 10 along with security from new 8th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor-based devices.

Rather than see endpoint security as a porous border, IT specialists can turn devices into a barrier against today’s threats. The key is having modern software with up-to-date, security-enhanced hardware.

Some things are just better together. As Microsoft’s new operating system sets a new pace for innovation, 8th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor-based devices make the most of Windows* 10.

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