Why the right end-user hardware is an important part of business continuity plans

Think outside the business continuity box

The goal of business continuity is to minimize disruption. However, when it comes to end-user hardware, security and continuity are often at odds. Where continuity aims to streamline operations, security focuses on risk control. The result is a push-pull dynamic where security compromises performance and continuity potentially limits protection.

solutions like that ThinkShield security portfolio out Lenovosupported by the integrated hardware-based security functions of the Intel Evo vPro Platform, can help companies break out of this business continuity box.

From the Intel Hardware Shield (which puts extra security on top of the desktop or laptop BIOS) to Smart Port Protection (which only allows non-memory devices to connect with a custom, embedded security chip that completely isolates security features from the software running), ThinkShield lets users maximize performance without compromising protection.

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This is how business continuity works: test, test and test

While both cloud-based and physical devices play a role in effective business continuity, Lappage notes that simply implementing these frameworks is not enough. Businesses need to have robust business continuity plans outlining what will happen, when and why in the event of a potential compromise.

“The most important thing is the testing phase,” he says. “Without testing, people have no assurance that the plan will work. You need to know at what point your incident response plan triggers your business continuity plan. What kind of event requires its activation? You don’t want people to get cold.”

Effective hardware security is part of this broader testing paradigm: by simulating potential attacks, organizations can ensure end-user devices are ready to protect against threats and take steps to prevent compromise, which in turn prevents potential downtime and minimizes the need for full activation of their continuity action plans.

bottom line? Effective business continuity depends on an end-to-end approach. While this includes both resilient hybrid networks and solutions like cloud-based VDI, it also depends on end-user devices equipped with built-in security to reduce the risk of unexpected operational outages, says Lappage.

“It boils down to one word: readiness.”

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