Windows 10: A Clear Mobile Security Favorite
Posted on August 2, 2017 by Matt Louden
Security is always easier with a sidekick—just ask any hero. Batman depends on Robin, Scooby Doo has Shaggy, and Starsky wouldn’t be the same without Hutch. When it comes to enterprise mobility, nothing will more effectively protect connected devices than Windows 10 and an Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) software integration.
While it’s not ranked up there with peanut butter and jelly yet, the Windows 10-EMM combo is beginning to make waves in the enterprise market. Quite simply, Microsoft’s latest Operating System (OS) aims to revolutionize how organizations manage tomorrow’s enterprise technology inventories.
What’s All the Buzz About?
Windows 10 makes EMM the security standard for a variety of devices—both mobile and desktop.[tweet]
For many experts, Windows 10 is considered the world’s first truly mobile OS. Unlike previous Windows generations and competitors’ products, Windows 10 makes EMM the security standard for a variety of devices—both mobile and desktop. That means companies can finally manage IT and enterprise mobility from the same platform.
In addition to reduced complexity, Windows 10 ensures enterprise applications perform consistently across all devices, giving end users the power to work however they’re most productive. With an EMM integration, Windows 10 can even control app store features and distribution methods—say goodbye to employee installations, manual software updates, and managing app licenses forever.
User devices are guaranteed to be safe from the second they’re powered on.[tweet]
User devices are also guaranteed to be safe from the second they’re powered on. Through automation, native single sign-on, and the Azure Active Directory, Windows 10 helps organizations streamline mobile device activation, initial setup, and EMM enrollment processes. This ensures mobile devices are up-to-date and compliant with all relevant security policies. Other features, like runtime provisioning for example, can even help IT simplify specific device configuration tasks.
The Future is Coming
Windows 10 includes a wide range of new and innovative security features that promise to dramatically improve your company’s mobile security. Here’s a quick rundown of our favorites and what they do:
- “Enterprise-grade” biometric technology is integrated into the OS, giving it the ability to create fingerprint, face, or iris detection authentication through Windows Hello.
- Windows Update for Business allows IT to control mobile device deployment schedules for certain feature and security updates. It also includes distribution rings for quality issues to be worked out, maintenance windows where timeframes can be customized, peer-to-peer delivery for more efficient delivery, and integration tools for EMMs and single-platform management.
- Device Guard gives a company the ability to lock down devices against malware by identifying and blocking apps that don’t meet enterprise security standards.
- Secure Boot only lets your organization’s trusted software load whenever a user’s device is powered on.
- Health Attestation helps IT determine the overall well-being of a mobile device and initiate compliance actions whenever necessary.
- Enterprise Data Protection protects data at the file-system level by allowing businesses to create and deploy configuration policies for Windows 10. Use this feature to choose which apps, network locations, and encryption settings receive more stringent security.
Microsoft’s latest mobile OS is the real deal—after all, 86% of organizations plan on upgrading to Windows 10 by 2020. While its native security features can undoubtedly benefit your business, knowing how to efficiently implement and integrate Windows 10 is the only way to maximize its impact. Ask one of our enterprise mobility experts about how your company can make Windows 10 a success.