Microsoft Windows 10 to Offer New, Robust Security Features
NEWS ANALYSIS: Windows will have multi-factor authentication built in and will support local security services in an effort to end fraudulent access.Microsoft's move to Windows 10 continues with a release of a new build of the operating system and announcements of what the company has planned to make Windows more secure and easier to administer. In addition, Microsoft has released a new build of its Windows 10 Technical Preview, making good on its promise to keep users updated on its plans. The new security plans were announced in a blog entry by Microsoft's Jim Alkove, who heads the Windows enterprise program management team. Alkove stated that Microsoft is concerned about the growing number of security breaches enterprise users are experiencing and wants to make Windows 10 much more able to resist such breaches. "We're seeing network breaches resulting from techniques as simple as username and password theft. In a couple of recent cases, hackers infiltrated Fortune 500 companies using stolen usernames and passwords, which gave them access to point-of-sale systems and the credit card data being processed with them," he said. But Alkove noted that the security breaches aren't just the province of cyber-criminals. "Even well-intended employees represent a substantial risk that requires mitigation," he said, pointing to studies in which even senior managers admit to uploading sensitive information to personal email or cloud accounts.
To combat these problems, Alkove said that Windows 10 will include a number of built-in security protections he thinks will help reduce the problem of such breaches. These include multi-factor authentication, which will be part of Windows, rather than done as an add-on application. While Alkove wasn't specific in exactly how this might work, he did say that Windows will be able to use the device itself as a security authentication factor.