In the past, Microsoft has had a reputation for leaving security wide open. Businesses held off from migrating to Windows Vista – but this won’t be happening with Windows 7.
Microsoft has always been the most popular target for hackers and computer criminal syndicates because it provides the most widely used operating systems.
Windows 7 will have issues and vulnerabilities, but if you weigh in the amount of attacks against the amount of licenses Windows is no more of a target than it should be considering its size.
In fact, Windows 7 has arrived in good time for the risk management industry, launching in line with the Unified Access Gateway release. It features improved functionality, better security and most importantly the lack of Vista’s old legacy code.
There has been a change in the way Risk Managers work and are now seen as core to ensuring corporate standards are met and maintained. Risk Managers have recently shot up the pecking order and now have direct access to steering committees and influencing board level issues.
The added security in Windows 7 makes managing risks and security far easier for risk management professionals. The implementation of Windows 7 should see Risk Managers increase in stature.
From a business point of view, high end users such as lawyers will probably need added security solutions on top of Windows 7, however less vulnerable users can confidently put their faith into the benefits Bit Locker, a direct access SSL VPN, brings.
As long as security updates are routinely and regularly carried out – and downloaded – the refreshingly security focused Windows 7 will be a great addition to any enterprise.