Today’s Top 5 Windows Security Challenges | Ignite 2021 | Windows 10 | Windows Security Roadmap

In this post, let’s have a look at the current world’s Top 5 Windows Security Challenges as per Microsoft’s data analytics and threat intelligence. This post is based on the Windows security session by David Weston, Katherine Holdsworth, and Ron Aquino.

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Top 5 Windows Security Challenges

Let’s check the top 5 Windows security challenges in today’s world.

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  • Phishing – Impersonating oneself as a trustworthy entity in a digital communication
  • Untrusted Code – Anything coming to your network or Windows 10 device from non trusted source. This can be an attachment/macro virus/tricking an update install.
  • Credential Harvesting – Once an attacker gets onto the machine as a malware application to steal the passwords/credentials.
  • Data Theft – Losing a laptop / Remote hacker get into your network and stealing information data.
  • Unpatched Vulnerabilities – Known Vulnerabilities issue with Windows 10.

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How to Stop Phishing

How to make phishing harder on Windows 10 devices? It seems Microsoft is suggesting to use Windows Hello for Business in the enterprise world to make phishing harder by eliminating the passwords from the echo system.

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How to Isolate Untrusted Code

You can use Microsoft’s Application Guard for Office to isolates untrusted documents and files in a virtual sandbox containing the damage from bad macros.

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  • You can use Microsoft Defender Application Control powered by by AI to rate the trusted sources around the world.
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How to Prevent Credential Harvesting

  • You can raise the bar with hardware-backed and VBS (Virtualization-Based Security) protection.
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  • Windows Hello Attack Surface diagram to help to prevent Credential Harvesting.
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How to Prevent Data Theft in Windows 10

  • Securing Data from Lost or Stolen Devices with encryption and other methods listed down.
    • Virtualized Based Security
    • Security-core PC
    • Secure Memory Encryption and Total Memory Encryption.
    • Hardware Security Processor (Pluton)
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  • The next step in the Windows security evolution as per Microsoft is given below.
    • A collaboration with AMD, Qualcomm, and others resulting in groundbreaking security process design.
    • The security processor is embedded in the CPU, helping eliminate any exposed interface and prevent physical attacks.
    • Measured firmware enables Pluton to provide comprehensive verification and attestation.
    • Microsoft supplied reliable security patches and new features to the firmware with Windows update.
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How to Handle Known Vulnerabilities issue with Windows 10

Microsoft is working with internal teams and world class PEN testers to secure their products like Windows 10. Microsoft’s security assurance and vulnerability research team focused on securing Microsoft platforms to help our developers continuously make Windows 10 safer.

The following are the strategies that Microsoft use to secure Windows 10:

  • Secure by Design
  • Tools, Process, and Automation
  • Mitigations
  • Red Team and Vulnerability Research
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