Since its introduction in late 2012, Windows 8 has proven to be perhaps the most controversial version of Windows in recent memory. Much of the controversy is a direct result of its user interface, which represents a departure from the traditional desktop that’s been in use for many years. This debate has caused the other features of Windows 8 and its ARM-based cousin, Windows RT, to receive far less attention. These other features must be considered in deciding whether to migrate to Windows 8.
From a security perspective, the picture is mixed. Some features such as improved Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) support, enhanced Address Space Layer Randomization (ASLR) support, picture passwords, and Internet Explorer 10 all help improve the new OS’s security. Windows To Go – a way to incorporate a fully managed Windows 8 image on a USB device – is meant to improve BYOD support. Not all these features work as well as one would think, however. For example, the UEFI protection has been bypassed by proof of concept attacks. In addition, the drastically different UI can make things difficult for users. All these needs to be considered by users and organizations making decisions about whether to migrate or not.
Our new report, Windows 8 and RT: New Beginnings, goes over the new features in Windows 8, paying particular attention to new security features. The report gives readers a good grasp of these new features and provides the information needed to decide whether to migrate to this new version or not. The full copy of the report may be found by clicking the link here.
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