Need to Know: Mitigating Risk by Upgrading PCs

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Most businesses are managing an increasingly complex mix of employee-owned and corporate-provided devices while trying to standardize enterprise applications and workflows across each. It’s no small task. Multiple devices running on multiple platforms and operating systems create significant risk and complexity for IT— from securing data and devices to managing legal and financial risks.

Operating Systems.pngComplicating the landscape are older legacy PCs that can quickly become a drain due to increasing maintenance and support costs. These clients, along with unsecured personal devices, may be ill-equipped to handle today’s complex and ever-increasing security threats. Making matters worse, there could be many unauthorized devices accessing the corporate network, and IT can’t possibly protect or manage what it doesn’t know about.

Improve Security and User Satisfaction with the Latest Technology

When you take a strategic approach to upgrading the devices in your organization, you can mitigate these risks while supporting employees with mobile devices that fit the way they work. An efficient way to begin is by engaging employees in the initial upgrade conversation to get a better understanding of technology and usage needs. It’s a way to satisfy users—and therefore minimize the likelihood that these users will bring unauthorized devices into the workplace. It’s also a sure way to increase overall security because you’ll have greater control over what’s accessing your network.

By selecting the right devices, you can improve productivity and security across your business. With mobile devices based on Intel Core vPro processors, you can gain embedded security, manageability, and powerful performance across a range of computing environments. Built-in protection is designed to address the key concerns of IT security, including protection from malware and rootkits, stronger passwords, better data protection, and stronger remediation capabilities.

Support Is Ending for the Windows* XP Operating System

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When upgrading, another important consideration is your operating system. With support for the Windows* XP operating system ending in April of 2014, many enterprises will soon need to consider migration plans. End of support means that Microsoft will no longer provide new security updates, nonsecurity hotfixes, support options, or online technical content updates for this older operating system. For organizations that remain on the Windows XP operating system, there will be additional security risks from unsupported and unpatched environments, as well as potential compliance violations. There’s also the added inconvenience of losing support from independent software vendors (ISVs).

When you bring your systems current with the latest Windows operating system, you will not only increase security, but you’ll 
get even more from technologies like virtualization and the cloud. Intel-based mobile devices can help simplify the upgrade process by integrating easily with traditional business software, such as the Windows 7 operating system.

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Or by moving to the Windows 8 Pro operating system, you can prepare your business to accommodate touch-based applications while also allowing users to work with these same capabilities that they already enjoy at home on their own devices.

Discover how mobile devices based on 4th generation Intel® CoreTM vProTM processors are designed to meet the security and manageability requirements of your business, with the performance, style, and form factors that your users demand. Read the full whitepaper here.

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