Balancing Real-time Information Access with Security

Think about the tasks you’ve completed today. Where did you get the information from to complete these tasks? How often were you searching through emails to find the information you need? Were your colleagues waiting for you to share information with them, or vice versa?

A lot of time is wasted each day simply trying to access the information we need to do our jobs. IT leaders are now tasked with facilitating real-time information access to drive a number of outcomes:

Streamlined communication

We know the average office worker spends 2.5 hours a day responding to an average of 200 emails, of which approximately 144 aren’t relevant to their job. Employees need secure access to real-time communication and project management tools to help them work and collaborate at speed.

Quality control

Outdated methods of version control can lead to creating and saving endless new versions of documents, only to be sent back and forth via email. Centralised cloud-shared documents solve this challenge with tools for tracking and editing in real time.

Customer service

Sales and customer service teams can’t afford to waste time searching for customer information during a live conversation. To improve their productivity, while driving sales and increasing customer loyalty, it’s essential to have centralised and accessible customer information through cloud-based CRM tools.

At the same time, these new approaches to real-time information access require careful planning to ensure devices and endpoints are all secured through a zero-trust security approach. Unfortunately, IDC research shows that almost half of all companies are still treating endpoint security as a secondary issue, and aren’t addressing it with the strategic and holistic approach it requires.

Third party software solutions such as antivirus and firewalls can provide some assistance in securing endpoints, but they’re only one component of robust endpoint security. While they may be effective in preventing the majority of threats to devices, it only takes one unique piece of malware or determined attacker to pierce these basic defenses.

For organisations who want to securely deliver all of the benefits of real-time information access, it’s essential to deploy devices with robust inbuilt security features. HP Elite PCs are built with hardware-enforced security features and layers of protection within the OS to proactively prevent threats and quickly recover in the event of a breach. Some of these inbuilt features include:

  • HP Sure Sense uses proprietary deep learning algorithms and advanced neural network technology to instinctively recognise malware and protect against never-before seen attacks.
  • HP Sure Click6 protects from websites and read-only Microsoft® Office and PDF attachments by trapping malware in an isolated virtual machine.
  • HP Sure Start Gen5 prevents firmware attacks from completely devastating devices with the world’s first self-healing BIOS.

While not a failsafe solution for endpoint security on its own, this level of device security should be a key component of any robust security posture. Although improving real-time access to information can offer significant benefits to workplace productivity, these gains shouldn’t come at the expense of risking your organisation’s sensitive data to a breach or attack.

At MicrotechDPS, this is why we’ve partnered with HP to offer their highly secure EliteBook range, powered by 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors, and equipped with the most robust in-built security on the market. Find out more by visiting our productivity portal – Explore Workplace 2020.


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