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Windows 7: A New Approach to Securing Today’s Enterpris
RSA is here again, and presents a great opportunity to discuss the security in Windows 7: specifically how certain features in the OS address key security-related enterprise scenarios. In today’s economic times, businesses and their shareholders need to know that when they make an investment in a product, they are doing so responsibly and securely, and the investment is sound. Windows 7 is this sound investment: it includes features that allow workers to work anywhere, while leaving IT Pros confident that business-related data and content are secure.
The world has changed a great deal in the last decade. Information workers interact with their computers in new ways and have incorporated technology into everything they do, as a result the security landscape has greatly evolved. For example, in 2001, mobile and wireless workers weren’t impacting IT decision making; today, they make up more than a quarter of the workforce. In 2008, laptops made up more than half of all devices purchased in the enterprise. With Windows Vista, we made significant investments to address many of these security concerns and developed the most secure OS to date. With Windows 7, we are carrying forward that investment.
Consider being a mobile worker. The challenge for you is connectivity and access. Meanwhile, your IT Pro at the office is worried about balancing those with data protection and network security. With Windows 7, we focused on a few key features to address this scenario, and to build confidence in enterprises trying to get the most out of a mobile workforce.
For home-use scenarios, employees expect the same level of connectivity and access they would have in the office. In Windows Vista, the firewall policy was based on the type of network connection established – such as Home or Work. This created an obstacle when workers logged on at home, using a Home connection and virtual private networking (VPN), because firewall settings were not set up appropriately for this scenario. So we made changes. With Windows 7, enterprises will be able to simplify their connectivity and security policies by maintaining a single set of rules for both remote clients and clients physically connected to the corporate network.
And businesses will have confidence that all remote users – whether branch office or mobile - will benefit from key improvements in IE8, including protection against XSS threats, identity theft, and new types of phishing attacks like Clickjacking. I think the work we did in IE 8 really helps put people in control of their online safety and privacy.
Finally, let’s take a look at issues people face when trying to manage these environments. Not surprisingly, IT Pros and security expertshavedaunting missions: they enable secure access to data for mobile, remote and local users; keep systems up to date; and track accessed data– all while attempting to drive new value for the business - it’s enough to cause IT Pro insomnia. As such, we continue to develop a range of security solutions to address evolving IT needs.
Some key examples of user scenarios empowering technology:
We recognize the enterprise customer for Windows has evolved dramatically over the years and we’ve created solutions to address the needs of varying enterprise scenarios. It’s important to note our work is never finished! We are constantly hearing from our customers about ways to make their machines more secure and productive in their environments. We continue to listen to this feedback and apply it to our technologies. It’s our goal to build technology that lets businesses prosper in a consistently changing security landscape.
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