By Ntiva Editorial Team on Jan 6, 2016

Why Businesses Should Switch to Windows 10

Microsfot Windows 10 has a number of features which make it distinct from its predecessors and one area in particular where it has shown improvement is in IT security. The importance of security cannot be overstated for modern businesses, especially when one considers the number of employees who are using their mobile devices for work related tasks. Below are some ways in which Windows 10 can make your business more secure.

It Offers Increased Identity Protection

Security threats are evolving rapidly in ways which may be difficult for Windows 7 or 8 to counter. One such area involves the protection of identity. Windows 10 offers three methods for identity protection, and these are Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Passport and Windows Hello. Azure Active Directory is a complete cloud solution for identity protection, while Microsoft Passport is an easy to use system for multi-factor passwords and Windows Hello utilizes biometrics to access devices.

It Protects Your Data

Identity protection does you little good if it isn’t combined with the protection of data, and Windows 10 does this exceedingly well through the usage of BitLocker and Enterprise Data Protection. BitLocker conceals data in the event that the device it is stored on is stolen, and it does this via encryption. While Windows 7 also has this feature, it is much more powerful on Windows 10 and can be used automatically. Enterprise Data Protection will protect your data anywhere it is stored, whether on a laptop or mobile phone. This is done through a combination of containerization as well as data separation and encryption.

It Secures Devices While Actively Resisting Threats

Device Guard is a Windows 10 feature which forces applications to prove themselves trustworthy before being allowed to operate. Any application which is unknown or untrusted won’t be able to function. Additionally, Device Guard blocks modification by both malware and even administrators. Windows 10 also secures devices by hardware, which means that it assists in confirming and maintaining hardware and the integrity of the system. UEFI Secure Boot is a mechanism which stops malware from placing itself inside the hardware or activating prior to the start of the OS.

In order for businesses to protect themselves, they must first understand the threats they face. Cybercriminals are no longer just mere hackers working alone and instead may be part of a larger organization. The sole purpose of these organizations is to steal and use valuable data, and businesses which are not properly secured are vulnerable to their data being compromised and used against them. While some Windows 10 features have been the subject of controversy, many companies, especially those which operate in the IT sector, will be pleased with their functionality.

The consequences of being successfully targeted by cyber criminals cannot be underestimated. Companies have lost millions of dollars due to cybersecurity breaches, loss of data and DDOS attacks. This doesn’t include fines, legal fees and the loss of good will which will result from a successful cyber attack. It is for this reason that businesses should consider upgrading to Windows 10.