Windows 8 Security Improvements
The Windows 8 operating system provides enterprise-grade security features that can protect devices and data from unauthorized access and threats like malware. Windows 8 builds on the strong security foundation in Windows 7 to provide groundbreaking malware resistance that can protect the client, data, and network by making the PC inherently secure and less vulnerable to attacks.
Groundbreaking Malware Resistance
Windows 8 can keep your PCs and data safe by making them more resistant to all forms of malware, including those that use phishing attacks and rootkits. To help resist malware, Windows 8 supports the following features:
Windows 8 gives you complete control over the software that runs on your PCs. Malware risks are dramatically reduced by eliminating known exploit techniques and making it more difficult to create new ones. Boot and Rootkits have literally been designed out of the threat landscape and in the increasingly unlikely event of a malware intrusion, Windows is more capable to detect and remove it. To your organization, this means improved client uptime, reduced support costs, and reduced security risks.
Pervasive Device Encryption
When users go mobile, they take your organization’s confidential data with them. BitLocker has been your solution for encrypting that confidential data, and Windows 8 improves BitLocker by simplifying provisioning and compliance management of encrypted devices on a variety of PC form factors and storage technologies. See What's New in BitLocker for more detailed information about the following improvements that Windows 8 makes to BitLocker:
Each Windows version has improved on BitLocker, and Windows 8 is no exception. As a result of these improvements, you can more easily provision and management BitLocker on your Windows 8 PCs.
Modern Access Control
Modern users aren’t tied to a desk. They are mobile, and their mobility helps them be responsive and productive. However, modern users need modern access control, which Windows 8 provides while increasing data security within the enterprise. In particular, we recommend you explore the following:
To recap, Windows 8 modernizes access control to help you provision strong multi-factor authentication and better manage access to resources with reduced cost and impact on end users. Virtual smart cards make multi-factor authentication easier to use and deploy. PCs can be secure, always connected, and always managed from everywhere with Windows 8 and Server 2012’s improvements in Direct Access. Finally, Dynamic Access Control in Windows 8 and Server 2012 provides an access control option that automatically adapts to changing environments.
Security is a top feature area in every Windows release and Windows 8 is no exception. Improvements to malware resistance are arguably revolutionary in Windows 8, providing protection right out of the box. Modern access control helps you better manage resource access and provide always-on access to healthy and secure PCs in changing environments. Last, improvements that Windows 8 makes to BitLocker can help you more easily and quickly provision drive encryption across the enterprise. Are you interested in learn more about how Windows 8 can help improve security in your enterprise? See Secure Windows 8 in the TechNet Library.