Microsoft outlines Windows 10 security enhancements

Vendor will offer secure IDs and data separation to customers

Microsoft is promising customers who upgrade to the Windows 10 operating system (OS) a number of security features including the creation of secure user IDs and containerisation of business data.

In a blog post, Windows' United States enterprise program management lead, Jim Alkove, said the company has developed user IDs that customers can use when accessing devices, apps and sites. According to Alkove, the user IDs will improve resistance to breach, theft or phishing attempts.

“This approach is important because it takes the concept of multi-factor solutions such as smartcards or token-based systems and builds it right into the [Windows 10] OS,” he said.

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Alkove added that it has made progress in helping companies protect their business data.

“While BitLocker helps protects data as it resides on a device, once the data leaves the device it’s no longer protected. With Windows 10 we are able to provide an additional layer of protection using containers and data separation at the application and file level.”

If the data moves from a tablet or PC to a USB stick, email or the cloud, it maintains the same level of protection, he said.

“This solution will stand out because of its ease of use and ability to help protect data right at the file level. Users won’t need to change behaviour, use special apps, or move to a separate, locked-down environment to keep corporate data secure,” said Alkove.

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