What to Look for When Purchasing Computers

3 Questions Every IT Department Needs To Answer

When purchasing computers for your organization, are you thinking about security, stability, and manageability? If not, you should be.

Every time you purchase a computer, you’re also making a security decision. It’s true! With the majority of data breaches entering from endpoints — a whopping 71 percent — ensuring endpoint security is critical for every business today, and should be considered every single time you purchase a computer. Of course, stability and manageability are also important considerations that should factor into your purchasing decision to ensure optimal performance and end-user productivity.

When purchasing computers, here are 3 questions every IT department needs to answer about security, stability, and manageability:

1. SECURITY:
What are some of the security options that can be built into the computer?

Carefully consider the security tools and devices that can be built into the computer, such as multifactor authentication — below OS, inside OS, and above OS. Don’t forget about BIOS integrity, and evaluate tools that allow BIOS-level remediation. Look for the enhanced functionality of TPM 2.0. And to keep everything up and running smoothly, make firmware health monitoring and compliance, as well as firmware authenticity enforcement and tamper protection, a priority.

Be careful not to underestimate the importance of protecting against hardware vulnerabilities. DARPA estimates that in 2015, 43% of recorded vulnerabilities were software-assisted attacks on hardware.

2. STABILITY:
What tools and processes can enable a stable and reliable computer environment?

Tools and processes to enable a stable and reliable computer environment can be either hardware or software and accomplish key goals like creating a predictable refresh cycle to avoid and prevent failures, and maintaining OS, image, and firmware patching for critical updates and improvements. Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) gives you confidence in quality and performance when you upgrade end-user systems, including zero changes to key platform components and drivers for at least 15 months, so you don’t have to stress over unexpected driver variations, software image management, and hardware support costs. Also important is MIL-STD-810G testing for drop, vibration, dust, humidity, and temperature, among others, to ensure the performance levels you need.

3. MANAGEABILITY:
What tools and processes can minimize downtime and cost, and maximize performance?

Available device management tools and processes to minimize downtime and cost, and maximize performance, include out-of-band device access and management to remotely monitor and manage network-attached equipment, as well as SCCM integration for custom management solutions and unified control. Setting up proactive device monitoring will lead to improved end-user productivity and system reliability, and can also save valuable IT time — and costs — by identifying and solving any issues sooner rather than later.

Finally, it’s always recommended to invest in partnerships, tools, and devices that provide best-in-class service and support to ensure you have access to the right help, expertise, and solutions when you need it most. Access to the right answers at the right time will save you valuable time and costs, as well as prevent lost productivity from impacting your organization’s bottom line.

The answers to these questions apply only when the correct hardware and services are used, and the tools are enabled. Unfortunately all too often a computer’s hardware security is disabled and IT relies only on a software solution — which is not recommended.

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By | 2018-10-22T18:36:56+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|End User Computing, Security|Comments Off on What to Look for When Purchasing Computers