Windows 8 Is Coming to a BYOD Near You: Are the New Security Features Enough?

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If you are like me, you aren’t planning to migrate to Windows 8. But with Surface RTs selling the way they are, I guarantee we will have users bringing their own Windows 8 devices.
In this fast-paced webinar, I’ll look at everything that’s new as far as security in Windows 8, with a special focus on mobility. You folks are really the go-to group in your organization for debunking the myths of Windows 8 and this webinar will help you provide the accurate answers to internal users and executives on questions like:
  • What do I tell my CEO when she asks about supporting her new Win8 laptop?
  • What do I tell my users who want to bring in their Windows RT Surface tablets?
  • What is the security impact of bringing Windows 8 into my environment? 
The biggest distinctions guiding this discussion about Windows 8 security will be: 1) RT vs. “Real” Windows, and 2) BYOD vs. corporate-owned devices. If organizations out there are planning to roll-out a Windows 8 fleet of devices, I’ll help by covering the mobile device management (MDM) features and gaps in Windows 8. One of the biggest facts to know right now is that Windows 8 “RT” does not support domain membership or group policy. You heard me right. To manage RT devices, you’d need to have a new version of Windows Intune (the Microsoft PC management service in the cloud), which integrates with a new version of Microsoft System Center. This is an interesting approach to the BYOD security dilemma.
Windows 8 does have some interesting new security features, which we’ll cover: 
  • UEFI Secure Boot support – UEFI stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface which replaces the good ole BIOS we’ve had to for decades. UEFI promises to make Windows 8 very resistant to low level malware like rootkits.
  • SmartScreen filter – has been extended from Internet Explorer to Windows itself.
  • Windows Defender – Bloggers are pronouncing this as a “full anti-malware solution”. We’ll determine if that is really so.
  • Picture Password – a new touch based logon method using pictures and gestures
Another thing we will cover is which security features are available in Windows 8 (base consumer edition), Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows 8 RT. There are very big differences between these editions.
So, this will be a highly informative and up-to-date real-training-for-free™ session, don’t miss it! Please register now!
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