Windows 10 Update: 10 Key New Security Features

Microsoft is tightening its focus on Windows 10 security with several new security tools in its latest major OS update.
Windows Defender Exploit Guard
Controlled Folder Access
Windows AutoPilot
Windows Defender Application Control
Windows Defender Application Guard
Windows Hello
Windows Assigned Access
Windows Defender Antivirus
Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
Windows 10 Subscription Activation

Windows 10 security is getting a face-lift in the Fall Creators Update, which Microsoft started rolling out last week. The update is packed with several new tools intended to give administrators and users more granular control over security.

Updates pertaining to Windows 10 security are increasingly relevant to businesses as more swap older versions of Windows for the latest. Microsoft reports 90% growth in commercial devices year over year as enterprise, small business, and education users make the switch.

The most recent batch of security and management features addresses common business security concerns like ransomware, application security, credential theft, and polymorphic malware. Overall, they indicate a broader transition from reactive to proactive security.

"With continuous updates, and focus on security, they're responding quickly to changing attack patterns on the OS in a way they weren't before," says Gartner Vice President Peter Firstbrook of Microsoft's approach to security management in Windows 10.

Here, we take a closer look at the newest security tools in Windows 10 and dig a little further into how each works. Which of these features do you think will be most helpful for managing your security operations? Where do you think Microsoft could further improve security? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.


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