Improve Security for BYOD with Modern Windows Devices
When businesses look at Windows 8/8.1 devices, a lot of words come to mind, words like mobility, tablets, touch, long battery life, and choice. Another word that sets these new devices apart from their predecessors is security. The improvements in Windows 8/8.1 devices around security aren’t just incremental, they’re monumental. These devices don’t just offer improved security that you should consider having, they offer the security capabilities that you need to address today’s modern threats.
Universal Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)
BIOS recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, but over the decades it hasn’t evolved with the rest of the industry. The BIOS typically found in Windows 7 certified devices runs in 16-bit mode, has a maximum of 1MB of addressable space, and only works on Intel’s x86 architectures.
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Trusted Platform Module is a hardware security device or chip that provides a number of crypto functions, including securely storing keys and performing cryptographic measurements. It’s a great tool that is widely present in the enterprise; however, it has been an optional and rarely added feature of consumer-class devices. That’s about to change.
Security continues to be a top priority for Microsoft, from secure development practices and hardware to addressing emerging vulnerabilities and collaborating with others in the industry to protect our customers. As part of this commitment, I’m excited for businesses and end users alike to experience the added security measures that we’re introducing at the hardware level in modern Windows devices. For more information on the topics discussed above, read
Securing the Windows 8 Boot Process.
About the Author
Chris Hallum is a Senior Product Manager focusing on Windows Client Security for commercial business scenarios. He has been at Microsoft for fifteen years and has worked in a number of engineering roles as a Program Manager within the Server and Tools Division (e.g. Windows Scripting, System Center Operations Manager, Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring). Chris moved into Product Management role in 2011 and he now manages the security features within the Windows Client operating system (i.e. malware resistance, data protection, and identity and access control).
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