Microsoft: Windows 10 is the 'most secure' version of Windows, touts security enhancements

Microsoft has been touting Windows 10 as a game-changer for the enterprise for quite some time. Recently, it published a blog post claiming that Windows 7 doesn't meet the demands of modern technology and that businesses should update to Microsoft's latest operating system.

Now, the company has published yet another blog post detailing the security innovations for enterprise that come bundled with Windows 10 and Surface devices.

Microsoft states that its aim is to create a secure platform that is powered by the cloud and protects its customers against security threats. It has also announced that it will be detailing some key enhancements for the enterprise sector at the RSA conference next week. These include:

  • NSA adds Windows 10 and Surface to list for classified use
  • Enhanced security capabilities with Surface Enterprise Management Mode
  • Extending device management in Windows 10
  • New enhancements to Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
  • The quest for No More Passwords with Windows Hello
  • Turbo-charging your deployments with Windows Analytics

The company has announced that Windows 10 has been added to the list of NSA's Commercial Solutions for Classified Programs (CSfC). Similarly, the Surface Pro 3, Pro 4, and Book are the only hardware devices running Windows 10 that meet the "high security requirements".

Microsoft also says that it has added another layer of hardware security for Surface devices called Surface Enterprise Management Mode (SEMM). This enhanced layer of security allows IT managers in organizations to take ownership, lock down, and modify hardware configurations, networking capabilities and application access within the device firmware. SEMM can be deployed on Surface Pro 4, Book, and Studio.

Additionally, the company is also extending device management in Windows 10 by bringing more security settings to MDM solutions with the upcoming Creators Update.

It has also touted enhancements to Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP). With the Creators Update, users will be allowed to add customized detection rules, enabling them to detect every security threat added in the last six months. Microsoft also promoted its Windows Defender Antivirus offering, claiming it to be among the "top of security industry leaders".

In its quest to make passwords obsolete, Microsoft is bringing Windows Hello to every organization. Along with this, it is introducing Dynamic Lock as well, which will automatically lock the device when the user is no longer in its vicinity. Working with Intel, it also plans to integrate Windows Hello with Intel's Authentication technology as a part of Project Evo, with new devices featuring this integration slated for release near the end of 2017.

Lastly, the company is introducing "Update Compliance" with Windows Analytics, which will allow organizations to monitor deployment progress, detect issues, and provide a holistic view of Windows 10 update compliance.

Declaring Windows 10 as the "most secure" version of Windows, Microsoft will be detailing these six announcements at the RSA conference in San Francisco next week.

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