US Department of Defense to upgrade 4 million seats to Windows 10

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Windows 10 is currently running on more than 200 million active devices worldwide. However, only about 22 million enterprise devices are running Windows 10, which really isn’t that great. Today, Microsoft announced that the US Department of Defense (DoD) will upgrade 4 million devices to Windows 10 within a year.

Of course, Windows 10 includes a lot more features, and the security features and improvements are quite impressive:

  • Windows Hello: One of the greatest weaknesses in any security environment is the use of passwords, which can easily be hacked and used to gain access to secure resources and data.  With Windows 10, agencies can identify individuals and restrict access through integrated multi-factor authentication using biometric mechanisms like facial recognition or fingerprints using the Windows Hello and Windows Passport features.
  • Enhanced threat resistance and device security. Working from a crypto-processor, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) -approved chip, tools include familiar features like Secure Boot, which helps prevent malware from embedding itself within hardware or starting before the OS, and Trusted Boot which helps maintain the integrity of the rest of the operating system. Device Guard ensures that only signed applications and code can run on these devices. And Credential Guard safeguards credentials inside a hardware-based virtualized environment and breaks the popular “pass the hash” used in many major breaches.
  • Windows Defender, provides anti-malware service, which currently protects almost 300 million Windows devices every day.
  • Enterprise Data Protection, currently in testing with enterprise customers and available soon, provides separation between both corporate and personal data and prevents corporate data from being copied out of corporate files to non-corporate files and locations, such as public website or social channels. Additionally, when EDP is used with Rights Management Services, it can protect data locally adding another layer of protection even when data roams or is shared.

You can learn more about DoD’s plans here.

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