The forthcoming Windows 10, the latest version of Microsoft's desktop operating system, is being designed with heightened security in mind. This is part of the company's efforts to increase its value in the enterprise world. Although Microsoft has always held an edge over traditional consumer-based tech companies like Apple in the enterprise market, there is talk that its hold is slipping. Windows 8 adoption numbers did not meet Microsoft's expectations, and now the company is bypassing Windows 9 and going straight to Windows 10, where it hopes to re-establish its place in the enterprise. One way it is doing this is by focusing on security.
Microsoft's thought process is that security is a growing concern in the enterprise, as evidenced by a slew of major breaches that have dominated headlines over the past year. Retailers like Target and Home Depot, as well as banks like JP Morgan Chase, have all been impacted by security flaws. While some consumers are not as concerned by these issues, the organizations themselves understand the magnitude of their respective incidents and Microsoft intends to focus its efforts on solving what it perceives to be a growing problem.
Jim Alkove, a representative from the Microsoft Windows enterprise program management team, wrote a blog post where he discussed the need for stronger enterprise security systems.
"In a couple of recent cases, hackers infiltrated Fortune 500 companies using stolen usernames and passwords, which gave them access to point-of-sale systems and the credit card data being processed with them," Alkove wrote.
Microsoft's increased focus on security should benefit its users, but enterprises will have to know how to wield it if they want to capitalize on its features. Doing so will require the help of IT solutions providers with knowledge on Microsoft's enterprise solutions and IT security. VAR Staffing can help these organizations find the talent they need to ensure they can help their customers.