The new agenda: security meets productivity
For organizations everywhere, the rise of the pandemic was a fight to stay both productive and operational. As more and more employees now work at least partly from home, navigating the new world of work has fortunately become less of a challenge in some ways — and yet more so in others.
While communication and collaboration may have gotten easier, security is now at the forefront of many corporate risk agendas. Rightly so. The pandemic has seen a dramatic rise in cyberthreats, ransomware and malware attacks; for the many employees who shifted to new work styles equipped with older devices, the risks are even greater.
Outdated devices face increased risks
Today, 52% of all small business cybersecurity attacks are caused by employee error and system failure. And, with one in three small and mid-market organizations using machines that are 4+ years old resulting in 2.5x the standard issue rate, the chance of employee error, hardware failure and security compromise are considerable. Annually, all of these risks amount to billions of hours of lost productivity.
For small and medium sized businesses in particular, effectively tackling new security risks can be a challenge. And yet failing to address them can put an organization itself in jeopardy. Millions of SMBs have fallen victim to cyberattacks both prior to and during the pandemic. 88% of SMB owners currently feel vulnerable. On average, 60% of SMBs will go out of business within six months of an attack due to lost data, downtime, the cost of upgrades, reputational damage and other factors. It’s a figure that gives pause for thought, particularly with new attack types emerging all the time.
The solution: Lenovo and AMD
Organizations need a secure way to work. Modern Lenovo devices, equipped with AMD Ryzen™ PRO Mobile Processors offer a full set of manageability features, including remote updates and remote repair of network devices, plus the ability for IT teams to monitor, restore, and upgrade systems inside and outside firewalls.
AMD Ryzen™ PRO Processors also fully support Microsoft Endpoint Manager — a cloud-powered set of management tools and unique co-management options — that provision, deploy, manage and secure endpoints and applications across your entire company.
Through a modern, multi-layered approach, AMD processors were designed to help protect data from today’s most sophisticated attacks. With AMD PRO security technology, users also get the benefit of AMD Memory Guard, which enables system memory encryption to help reduce the threat of physical memory attacks even if a system is left in standby mode.
As distributed work becomes the new norm, ensuring all employees are equipped with modern, secure devices is set to become not only a nice to have, but a necessity.