Earlier this week, Microsoft came with a cybersecurity announcement. The company is planning to release a series of new security options. These should prove useful to both individual users and organizations.
The new services will be structured around Windows and the Office 365 pack. Surface products will also not be forgotten.
Microsoft’s announcement was released on February 10. And most are expecting even more cyber security news. Next week will see an RSA security conference. This will be held in San Francisco, California.
Windows’s new security options will target the following. They will add a new feature to the Windows Hello. This later is the company’s biometric-based login system. And now, it will also be offering on-premises Active Directory. As such, users will not be required to have an Azure Active Directory.
Windows Hello will also be coming with a new Dynamic Lock. This feature should help users that often forget to lock their devices. By using the new feature, they can connect a smartphone to the Windows 10 computer. As the smartphone’s Bluetooth system drifts away, the computer will lock automatically.
It will do so as it considers that the user left. Still, clients will also have to have the Microsoft Authenticator app installed on their phones. This will use the Windows Hello Companion Device Framework. And this latter will be in-charge of the lock-down.
Microsoft will also launch a new set of tools. These will be specifically targeted towards organizations. They should help them get more out of the mobile device management products.
Organizations could benefit more from them. They will now have an easier way of migrating group policy settings. They will now be easily applicable to cloud-managed devices.
Office 365 users will see new assessment tool security options. And also the release of a private beta service. This will be offering information about various security threats.
Microsoft Surface users should also find it easier to configure their devices. A new tool is being rolled out for them. This will help with the Surface hardware configuration. For examples, users will be able to disable the device’s camera or microphone.
This will be done through the Surface Enterprise Management Tool. Also known as SEMM, it offers additional hardware restrictions. These will be applicable to Surface Book laptops. Also Surface Studio desktops and Surface Pro 4 tablets.
These new security options can also be case-specific. More exactly, they can be activated under a particular set of data. For example, when they are connected to specific networks.
SEMM will function at a fundamental, hardware level. It will be based at the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface levels. This should help put a total stop to a potential attack that could have gone undetected.
Microsoft’s security options will start allowing MDM software. This is the mobile device management. These will help apply configurations and settings. They will be applied based on the Security Baseline Policies list. Until this recent update, they were only accessible via Group Policy.
And Microsoft also released the MDM Migration Analytics Tool. This should help users migrate from the Group Policy to MDM. It will work by scanning the system. This will detect all the applied policies. And then try to map them out in relation to their MDM equivalents. The results will then be listed as a report.
For the moment, these security options will only be available to the English language pack users. But this can be re-installed even on a non-English system. As such, all users should be able to access them.
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