Microsoft Boosts Security in Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Next month's update to Microsoft's nearly 1-year-old OS will include several new features to help keep users and their data safe.When the Windows 10 Anniversary Update arrives Aug 2, it will include several new security features that are designed to protect data belonging to both consumers and enterprises. Among them is an expansion of Windows Hello's biometric user authentication capabilities. "We have fully integrated Windows Hello into one seamless stack," Rob Lefferts, director of program management at Microsoft Windows Enterprise and Security, said in a blog post. "The integrated code base in Windows Hello will support the full range of biometric authentication factors and manage user credentials used for authentication." New identity protection measures will now allow organizations to set up Windows Hello on PCs that lack the cameras or biometric sensors with companion devices and apps. Once enrolled, a worker can securely access a PC using a wearable, smartphone or other device with biometrics capabilities. Also next month, the update will move Windows Hello's biometrics components and user biometric data into SystemContainer, a hardened environment reserved for the most sensitive parts of the Windows operating system. SystemContainer employs Virtualization Based Security (VBS), creating a secure environment by using a processor's virtualization extensions to isolate running processes.
SmartScreen, Microsoft's early-warning system for the Web, will be powered by Security Graph, Lefferts said. SmartScreen alerts Internet Explorer or Edge users when they are attempting to reach a site known to spew malware or host phishing scams. Security Graph uses machine learning to spot emerging threats based on security and telemetry data gathered by Microsoft.