ThinkShield: A New Security Platform For Enterprises

Lenovo unveiled ThinkShield, an enterprise security platform, at its recently held Transform 2.0 event. ThinkShield features a suite of controls, from BIOS and firmware for authentication and physical/virtual endpoint management to physical camera shutters and fingerprint readers to supply chain management. The service was developed in cooperation with partners like Intel, MobileIron and Absolute for businesses using Lenovo devices. ThinkShield solutions are available on ThinkPads, ThinkCentres and ThinkStations that were launched in April 2018, and beyond.

Lenovo’s partnership with Intel has enabled them to align with the Intel Transparent Supply Chain, which allows customers to locate the source of each component of their new system. For an extra layer of transparency, Lenovo Quality Engineers can audit suppliers at any time.

A founding member of FIDO, Lenovo also offers FIDO-certified authenticators, plus match-on-chip fingerprint technology, to give companies easier ways to protect their employees’ identities. Integration with Intel Authenticate, with up to seven authentication factors, also offers greater security.

BIOS-based Smart USB protection allows IT professionals to configure USB ports to respond only to keyboards and pointing devices, keeping employees’ PCs safer.

The company also employs physical laptop camera shutters on its upcoming laptops, and showcased its new screens equipped with ThinkPad Privacy Guard security. When activated, the screen can only be visible when looked at directly, while anyone viewing the screen at an angle will only see a blank screen.

Once devices reach the end of their lifecycle, Lenovo keeps potentially sensitive data secure by wiping the drives and securely recycling the parts. The company also offers a paid Keep Your Drive service that ensures sensitive information never leaves customers’ hands.

Rohit Midha, Director, Commercial Named Accounts, Lenovo India, says, “While Indian enterprises and SMEs are installing ThinkPads, ThinkCentres and ThinkStations at their workplace, we wish to empower them for a smarter and more efficient workplace through Intelligent Transformation. With more than 75% organizations experiencing phishing attacks in today’s hyper connected world, we are dedicated to securing employee device lifecycle, data, identity and their online presence. We are continuously improving ThinkShield via our in-house R&D innovation, secure processes and deeper partnerships to foster innovations that are changing businesses today.”

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