With the recent release of Windows 7, many individuals and businesses are questioning whether or not the new platform demonstrates any significant security improvements over the Vista OS. Vista's security offerings demonstrated a lack of comprehensive security coverage, such as the User Account Control (UAC) system, which was designed to prevent unauthorized execution of code, but was widely criticized for intrusive pop-ups and failure to be user-friendly.
According to the Sophos report, "With Windows 7, Microsoft shows that it is paying attention to its critics and has attempted to deal with a number of these issues." The report further analyzes new additions that promise greater security and ease of use, such as the revamped user interface for the Windows Action Center (formerly the Vista Security Center), the redesigned UAC, expanded firewall and encryption features, and new VPN system.
Microsoft provides some new and useful tools for users and admins, but while some may be effective solutions, others are flawed in execution. "Most businesses will stick to third-party expert security providers, but it's possible the decrease in numbers of easy targets elsewhere will reduce the numbers of zombies (hijacked computers), malware attacks, spam bots and DDoS contributors pumping spam and other malicious attacks toward our networks," comments Sophos.
To view the complete Sophos report, "Windows 7 security: A great leap forward or business as usual?" visit www.sophos.com.
More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing security and data protection solutions that are simple to manage, deploy and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning antivirus, encryption software, endpoint security, web, email, and network access control solutions backed by SophosLabs, a global network of threat intelligence centers. With more than two decades of experience, Sophos is regarded as a leader in security and data protection by top analyst firms and has received many industry awards.