When Microsoft finally released its long-awaited Windows 10 operating system in late July, the information security community immediately issued assessments of Microsoft and how well its new security features would protect users.
Leading the way is the new Device Guard feature, which prevents applications from running unless they originate from the Windows Store, specific vendors or the organization running the operating system. This feature provides enhanced protection against an array of new threats.
Microsoft has also improved user authentication with Windows Hello, which supports third-party biometric logins. While enterprise-grade biometrics hardware is still, for the most part, in its developmental stages, Windows Hello opens the door for Windows 10 administrators to replace traditional passwords with more secure forms of authentication, like fingerprint scanners, facial-recognition tools and retina scanners.
And lastly, Microsoft has introduced the new Microsoft Edge browser. Edge improves on Internet Explorer by offering users a faster and better experience, while also improving security. As MWR InfoSecurity’s David Chismon told InfoSecurity Buzz, Microsoft Edge is more secure because it “has a smaller attack surface than previous browsers due to a lack of ActiveX and plugins.”
A VPN For Windows 10 :
Although these new features will better protect individual devices, they do little to protect connections to other devices and networks. To assure secure remote access across Windows 10 environments, network administrators need third-party support, in the form of a remote access VPN solution.
Given the prevalence of remote work – it increased 79 percent between 2005 and 2012 – enterprise IT administrators cannot overlook the importance of securing the connections through which remote users access the corporate network, and particularly those using a new operating system like Windows 10. Hackers will take advantage of unsecure connections, and they may view the new operating system as being particularly vulnerable.
A Windows 10-compatible remote access VPN solution can reduce the likelihood of an attack targeting remote access endpoints by providing users with critical features, including improved ease-of-use, optimization for Internet of Things devices, the capability to initiate a VPN tunnel as soon as the system starts and a scalable user interface, in addition to a streamlined, centralized management process for network administrators.
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