Here are the key security features coming to Windows 10 next week

The new functionality aims to help IT departments protect their companies before and after a breach

While there's a lot of talk about Windows 10's new features for consumers, the forthcoming Anniversary Update also adds a pair of advanced security capabilities aimed at helping IT managers better lock down the computers in their organization.

Windows Information Protection aims to make it possible for organizations to compartmentalize business and personal data on the same device. It comes alongside the general release of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, a system that uses machine learning and Microsoft's cloud to better protect businesses after their security has been breached.

The two features are part of Microsoft's push to position Windows 10 as an operating system for security-conscious companies at a time when attacks against businesses seem to be more prevalent than ever. That could be a major selling point at a time when Microsoft is working hard to try and drive companies to deploy the new OS.

Using Windows Information Protection, companies can encrypt their data on employee devices using keys that are controlled by IT. Doing so is supposed to bring several benefits, including the ability to selectively wipe only company data from a personal device when an employee leaves the company.

Companies can also set policies about which applications can be used to handle business data, so users can't live-tweet the content of a company's HR system, for example. The whole system is designed to bring Windows 10 in line with the reality that many employees use their mobile devices for both personal and business use.

For businesses to use Windows Information Protection, they'll need a Windows 10 Enterprise E3 subscription.

While Windows Information Protection is designed to help proactively guard company data, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection is supposed to help companies detect and contain security breaches. It uses a combination of software running on client devices and a Microsoft cloud service to alert companies when it looks like their systems have been hacked.

Once the system has detected a breach, it suggests steps that IT managers can take to solve the problem. That's important, according to Rob Lefferts, director of program management for Windows Enterprise and Security. Attackers will often try to place multiple back doors in a company's systems once they've broken in, and failing to get them out will cause problems.

Windows Defender ATP requires a company be subscribed to the more expensive Windows 10 Enterprise E5 service, which is meant for companies looking for premium Windows 10 add-on features. Microsoft won't disclose the pricing publicly, but said its companies can find out more by asking one of its partners.

It will be interesting to see how these features affect the rate at which businesses adopt Windows 10 -- if at all. Microsoft is betting big on security's enterprise appeal to try and get businesses to upgrade, but these advanced capabilities require both an investment of time and money in order to get off the ground.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags MicrosoftWindows 10 MobileWindows 10

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Blair Hanley Frank

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?