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The ThinkShield Story Part 1: The Challenge

Transformation Network

By pwsadmin | May 15, 2021

The Achilles heel of every transformative business model is their reliance on ever increasing amounts of data that need to be transported quickly across wide area networks and processed at edge computing end points. To meet this expected demand, the global telecommunications industry is rapidly moving toward a future in which networks must have the…

Essential Characteristics of Cloud Computing as Digital Transformation

By pwsadmin | May 15, 2021

Hybrid IT blends traditional datacenters, managed service providers, and cloud service providers to deliver the necessary mix of information technology services. This IT consumption model enables a composable infrastructure which describes a framework whose physical compute, storage, and network fabric resources are treated as services. Resources are logically pooled so that administrators no longer need…

Transformation Innovation

By pwsadmin | May 15, 2021

4 Factors Driving Digital Transformation ROI The critical assessment factors for cloud ROI risk probability are the following:      Infrastructure utilization Speed of migration to cloud Ability to scale business/mission processes Quality delivered by the new cloud-based process  These four factors directly drive digital transformation ROI because they affect revenue, cost, and the time required to…

Transformation Frameworks

By pwsadmin | May 15, 2021

Digital transformation necessitates changes in an organization’s operational processes. According to Harvard, a focus on operations can lead to business process optimization and entirely new revenue streams. Three common routes for this are the following:      Robotic process automation (RPA) which uses artificial intelligence to automate routine activities      Remote worker enablement that uses workspace virtualization and…

Transformation Infrastructure

By pwsadmin | September 26, 2020

Hybrid IT enables a composable infrastructure which describes a framework whose physical compute, storage, and network fabric resources are treated as services. Resources are logically pooled so that administrators need to physically configure hardware to support a specific software application, which describes the function of a composable architecture. This type of transformative infrastructure is foundational…

Essential Characteristics of Cloud Computing as Digital Transformation

By pwsadmin | September 25, 2020

A survey of 2,000 executives conducted by Cognizant in 2016 identified the top five ways digital transformations generate value:      Accelerating speed to market      Strengthening competitive positioning      Boosting revenue growth      Raising employee productivity      Expanding the ability to acquire, engage, and retain customers   Digital transformation is also a cultural change. Cloud Computing as Digital Transformation Since cloud…

Embrace Transformation

By pwsadmin | September 22, 2020

From a business perspective, differentiating business processes and quality customer service are central to overall success. Business leaders must therefore clearly identify and measure how information technology contributes to the value of every key business process. They must also know how to most cost effectively use IT when the task is merely the management of…

Computer Vision Advances Zero-Defect Manufacturing

By pwsadmin | July 25, 2020

by Kevin L. Jackson Electronics manufacturers operate in a challenging environment. It’s hard enough to keep up with the ever-accelerating rate of change in the industry. Now customers want increasingly specialized product variations in less time and of higher quality. Meeting this demand for increased product variation can seriously impact the bottom line. Such variability increases…

Real-Time Analytics Power the Roadway of the Future

By pwsadmin | July 25, 2020

By Kevin L. Jackson The complexities of citywide traffic are pushing the limits of existing transportation management systems. Outdated infrastructure is based on proprietary, single-purpose subsystems, making it costly to acquire, operate, and maintain. And current roadways are simply not prepared for the future of autonomous vehicles. Enter the SPaT Challenge, an initiative encouraging cities and…

Thriving on the Edge: Developing CSP Edge Computing Strategy

By pwsadmin | March 6, 2020

Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are facing significant business model challenges. Referred to generally as edge computing, the possibilities introduced by the blending of 5G networks and distributed cloud computing technologies are redefining how CSPs operate, partner, and drive revenue. A new Ericsson Digital whitepaper entitled, “Edge computing and deployment strategies for communication service providers,” addresses these challenges…

The cybersecurity challenge seems to be growing daily. Threats are becoming more sophisticated, and attacks are becoming more destructive while the corporate world’s response seems to resemble a deer in headlights. Recent examples of this dangerous state of affairs include[1]:

In addition to this criminal threat, governments around the world are passing and enforcing new privacy and data protection laws that impose severe violation penalties. Examples of this are:

The top agenda item for just about every Board of Directors now is how to protect corporate data, flowing across the threat infested Internet, to multiple endpoint devices, that have a virtually unknown pedigree.

One company, Lenovo, has taken up the challenge with ThinkShield, a revolutionary approach to securing devices through their entire lifecycle. As a global manufacturer of smartphones (Motorola), tablets, PCs (ThinkPad, Yoga, Lenovo Legion), workstations, AR/VR devices, and data center solutions (ThinkSystem, ThinkAgile) this international technology leader is creating capabilities and computing power that changes both business and society.

Anchored by secure device design process, Lenovo builds protection into its products. Through a strategic partnership with Intel®, Lenovo has aligned with the Intel Transparent Supply Chain to provide visibility into the source components of every new system. Lenovo oversees the security of suppliers who build intelligent components, making sure they conform to rigorous, Trusted Supplier Program guidelines and best practices. The ThinkShield ecosystem’s lifecycle approach also includes:

  • The industry’s first and only FIDO®-certified authenticators that use match-on-chip fingerprint technology that gives companies safer, easier ways to protect employees’ identities;
  • An industry-leading level of integration with Intel Authenticate that offers higher security and flexibility through the use of up to 8 authentication factors;
  • BIOS-based Smart USB protection that keeps employee PCs safer by restricting USB port response to keyboards and pointing devices only;
  • WiFi Security, in partnership with Coronet, that detects threats and notifies users when they are about to connect to unsafe wireless networks;
  • BUFFERZONE® technology that isolates online threats before they infect the whole organization;
  • MobileIron® Endpoint Management that provides a secure, simple way to unify cloud and endpoint security across multiple devices;
  • Absolute® Persistence™ technology that provides an unbreakable connection from IT admins to all corporate devices so that they can leverage enriched asset intelligence, automate endpoint hygiene, and continuous compliance monitoring;
  • End of life data disposal process that keeps potentially sensitive data secure by wiping the drives and securely recycling the parts.

Over the next few months, I will be sharing the details of this exciting cybersecurity protection breakthrough by exploring how it can help organizations operate globally within a drastically enhance security environment. Subsequent posts will address:

  • Part 2: The Threat – The current and evolving security threat to hardware, software, and data protection processes
  • Part 3: Protecting Hardware – Organizational, IT Administrator and IT User roles and activities needed to protect IT hardware
  • Part 4: Protecting Software – Organizational, IT Administrator and IT User roles and activities needed to protect IT software
  • Part 5: Security Processes – Organizational, IT Administrator and IT User roles and activities needed to establish effective security processes
  • Part 6: Enhancing Your Security – Effectively defending against online threats through a people-centric approach

Looking forward to engaging with you through this journey.

This post is sponsored by Lenovo.


[1] https://www.wired.com/story/biggest-cybersecurity-crises-2019-so-far/

[2] https://www.cpomagazine.com/data-protection/gdprs-big-moment-has-just-arrived-with-a-228-million-data-breach-fine/

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