What Security Features you would get with Windows 10?

by September 24, 2015 0 comments

Windows 10 made a lot of noise across the globe even before they announced the technical preview. With lots of improvements, Microsoft added security in the new OS to secure you from various new age threats. As cyber attacks are on rise around the globe, Microsoft has taken a step to prevent its users from most of the vulnerabilities. It has actively addressed the modern security threats with advancements to strengthen identity protection and access control, information protection, and threat resistance.


Multifactor authentication
The all-new Win 10 has the next generation of protection as it comes with built-in multifactor authentication. This scheme is based on the open standards from the FIDO Alliance that eliminates the additional security hardware peripherals like smartcards and tokens. When you enroll, it converts the device into one of two factors that are required for authentication. The device’s credential is a cryptographically generated key pair (private and public keys) generated by Windows itself, or issued from an existing PKI infrastructure (e.g., Microsoft Certificate Services or a third party Certificate Authority) and stored on a digital certificate.
This solution effectively reduces the viability of phishing attacks as an attacker would require user’s PIN or biometric information as well as physical access to their device. This also prevents users when breaches occur in password databases.


Data loss prevention
Microsoft enhances data protection with BitLocker that lets you encrypt the entire disk. This was first seen in Windows Vista, and now becomes a vital option since most of the people are using mobile devices in the workplace as well. The improved prevention enables users to define which apps have access to the data as well as prevent data from being copied or accessed without the correct security profile, regardless of whether it is in transit or located on another device. Windows offer this data loss prevention by using containers and corporate and personal data separation at the application and file level, automatically encrypting information as it arrives on the device. So there is no need to add any special app or switch modes to protect your precious data.




Application access controls
In the current technological age, companies and employees are moving to BYOD environments, which entail several risks. Windows 10 addresses the issue and offers secure access to network resources in the BYOD environment. It enables admin to restrict access to particular apps which are not allowed. Also, admin can restrict access, based on ports and IP addresses. Additionally, admin can configure devices, so only trustworthy apps can be installed on them, including apps self-signed by the enterprise, from approved software vendors, or apps from the Windows Store.


Microsoft has addressed three key points in the new OS and reduced the need of any third party app or device. It also includes Windows Defender, though most of the businesses will want to run a dedicated antivirus and antimalware. Windows 10 comes with essential plus additional security features that will surely grab the attention of enterprises and individual users.

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