In response to the increasing need for artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity solutions, Lenovo is focusing on developing work devices that can meet these evolving requirements. Nima Baiati, Lenovo’s global executive director and general manager of commercial security, emphasized the significance of robust and secure firmware in work laptops.
Firmware security is a growing concern due to the potential threats posed by firmware or BIOS vulnerabilities. Lenovo recognizes the importance of continuously enhancing this critical component and is leveraging AI and supply chain management expertise to address these challenges. New features resulting from this focus will be rolled out over the next one to two years.
Lenovo recently inaugurated a cybersecurity innovation center in Israel, aiming to explore how AI can be applied to areas beyond traditional security practices. This initiative is particularly relevant as generative AI introduces potential security risks that could lower the threshold for cybercriminals to launch attacks.
With the increasing use of cloud-based AI applications, work devices require more computing power. Organizations are building their cloud infrastructures to support these processes, leading to significant spending. To improve efficiencies and mitigate costs, Lenovo is exploring ways to enhance compute power and ensure low latency for on-device AI processing.
According to a Lenovo report based on a survey of 682 CIOs across nine global markets, 43% feel an “urgent pressure” to prioritize AI and machine learning, just below the 51% who prioritize cybersecurity. Regional priorities vary, with AI, machine learning, data management, and analytics being the top priorities for CIOs in China, while cybersecurity is the top priority for CIOs in India.
Lenovo Singapore’s general manager, Nigel Lee, highlighted the critical role of robust connectivity in personal work devices, as 75% of data is expected to be generated outside of data centers by 2025. He emphasized the importance of 5G-enabled laptops for seamless cloud connection.
Advancements in AI, particularly in natural language processing (NLP) and computer vision (CV), are driving innovation in industries such as financial services, healthcare, and automotive. NLP enables computer programs to understand human speech, while CV applies machine learning models to images. Gartner estimates that up to 70% of people will interact with conversational AI platforms daily by 2022.
As hybrid work becomes the norm, Lenovo launched 5G-enabled eSIM business laptops to support employee productivity and mobility. Nigel Lee emphasized that IT products and services must go beyond maintenance and facilitate business productivity and mobility.
Lenovo is making significant strides to meet the growing AI and cybersecurity needs of businesses. By prioritizing firmware security, leveraging AI, and focusing on robust connectivity, Lenovo is positioned to provide work devices that can support the evolving requirements of organizations worldwide. These efforts reflect Lenovo’s commitment to staying ahead in an ever-changing technological landscape.