Microsoft has been working on an answer to some clever new techniques used in penetration-testing kits to bypass Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), its key security platform for protecting Windows 10 in the enterprise. Microsoft reports that it has detected two instances of fileless malware used to deliver information stealers that run in memory without an executable file being written to disk. Fileless malware is on the rise, thanks to freely available tools that can be used to improve defenses or launch an attack.The malware Microsoft spotted relies on techniques from penetration-testing kit Sharpshooter, which generates payloads in multiple Windows formats and can avoid detection by enterprise anti-malware products. Sharpshooter was released earlier this year by UK pen-testing firm MDSec, which employed techniques from Google Project Zero researcher James Forshaw's tool DotNetToJScript to develop its kit. "The Sharpshooter technique allows an attacker to use … [Read more...] about Windows 10 security: Here’s how we’re hitting back at fileless malware, says Microsoft
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When you install Windows 10 Pro on a new PC and sign in with a local account or a Microsoft account, you get access to all the professional features that you'd expect from a business-class PC operating system.You also get some unexpected apps splattered onto your Start menu whether you want them or not, including Candy Crush Soda Saga, Bubble Witch 3 Saga, and March of Empires.That screenshot shows the apps that were pushed to my PC after I installed a near final build of Windows 10 Pro, version 1803, and signed in with a local account. In addition to those three games, Windows 10 downloaded Disney's Magic Kingdoms, Autodesk SketchBook, Dolby Access (offering a free trial of the Atmos surround-sound technology, with the option to pay $15 after the trial period ends), and Spotify Music.If you're staring at that assortment of apps on a business PC and thinking it looks a lot like crapware, I'm not going to argue with you.Those apps are preinstalled for purely financial reasons, with the … [Read more...] about Avoid Windows 10 crapware: How to get rid of Candy Crush and all the rest
Microsoft may be building a new campus in Redmond, but it’s also building a lot of software and a lot of tools—especially around its cloud and enterprise businesses. Windows will still dominate Microsoft’s balance sheet in 2018, but Azure and other cloud platforms will become increasingly important, thanks to initiatives like Microsoft 365 and the integration of Azure, Office 365, Dynamics 365, and LinkedIn.What will 2018 hold for us? To answer that question, I’ve been going over last year’s Enterprise Microsoft columns and pulling out some of the recurring enterprise themes, thinking about where they might lead over the next 12 months. Here are my seven predictions.Prediction 1: Two new Windows Server releases2018 will be the first year with two releases of Windows Server, as its new release cadence picks up speed. An initial build of the likely 1803 release is already available to Insiders, as part of Microsoft’s changing approach to beta-testing … [Read more...] about Microsoft in the enterprise: 7 predictions for 2018
Windows 10 will power to its third anniversary this summer, but one branch, identified by the initials L-T-S-B, remains an enigma to most corporate users.LTSB, which stands for "Long-term Servicing Branch," was among the pillars of Windows 10 in the months leading up to, and for months after, the mid-2015 roll-out of the operating system. For a time, it seemed that it had a shot at becoming the Windows 10 for enterprise because it was seen as a calm port in a storm of radical change.That hasn't happened, in part because Microsoft has steered customers away from LTSB.Just what is LTSB? And what has Microsoft done to make it an afterthought?We have answers.So what is Windows 10 LTSB?Officially, LTSB is a specialized edition of Windows 10 Enterprise that promises the longest intervals between feature upgrades of any version of the operating system.Where other Windows 10 servicing models push feature upgrades to customers every six months, LTSB does so only every two or three years. That … [Read more...] about FAQ: Windows 10 LTSB explained
You used to see it anywhere business workers congregated: the BlackBerry. Some of them are still out there -- secure messaging devices that can be centrally managed; the heart of the business mobile fleet. But the day of the BlackBerry is over and something new is needed -- a mobile operating system that is built for work as well as personal use. Microsoft's latest phone OS is trying to make a play for the enterprise high ground, with a mix of its Windows 10 Mobile platform, a new application development model and a suite of business-focused cloud services. But how well does it fit the needs of today's companies? Enterprise license: Manage phones and deliver your own apps To start with, there's one key feature that differentiates Windows 10 Mobile from other mobile operating systems: The ability to unlock a series of additional enterprise functions when connected to an Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) suite. Microsoft recently made available an XML file which converts the standard … [Read more...] about Windows 10 Mobile: Will it play in the enterprise?