Windows 10 Enterprise Upgrade: What to Watch For

Windows 10 Enterprise Upgrade: What to Watch For

It’s that time of year: sweltering breezes, long summer nights… and the anniversary upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise. If you’re a cybersecurity professional, you’ve probably been promoting the upgrade, since it includes nifty new security features like built in virtualization based security (VBS) that provides a level of protection against kernel attacks, as well as antimalware scan interface (AMSI) tools that can catch malicious scripts in memory.

These are strong features, and most security professionals agree they’re worth the upgrade. But there are two important things to know before you pull the trigger:
1. The upgrade process right now is a rolling nightmare.  It causes PCs to freeze during installation, and even Microsoft isn’t sure what the issue is.
2. Even VBS and AMSI don’t obviate the need for advanced endpoint protection and sophisticated anti-malware from emerging vendors like Bromium, Carbon Black, Crowdstrike, Cylance–and of course,  the more established security suite vendors like Symantec and Trend Micro.

The bottom line for enterprise infosec teams? Hold off on the upgrade until Microsoft fixes the bugs–and then deploy it ASAP thereafter.  And make sure you upgrade your endpoint protection suites at the same time.

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