Every version of Windows — client and server — has promised improved security. But with Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, Microsoft is going beyond the usual incremental improvements and closing of loopholes and giving you the tools to reduce the dangers of phished credentials, over-privileged admins and untrustworthy binaries.
“In the past, security was always something that was part of another technology” says Jeff Woolsey, principal group program manager at Microsoft. “We needed to pull it out.”
Security and protecting identity comes up in every conversation Microsoft has with customers, he says. And the scale of attacks means that security isn’t just something for the IT team to worry about any more, adds Jeffrey Snover, lead architect for the enterprise cloud group and the Microsoft Azure stack. “When we asked customers ‘what are your IT concerns?’ there were some messages we heard consistently. There were too many stories about getting hacked and not knowing for months.”
Security, Snover says, has become a CEO issue since the CEO of Target was sacked over security issues. “Target was using IT as the core of its business value proposition. When that got hacked it threatened the business value and that’s why it was such an issue.”
Windows Server 2016 aims to offer better security in three main areas: protecting identity and credentials, securing virtual machines and protecting the operating system on your own servers and in the cloud.
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