Top Picks from TechEd 2013: Combo on Windows 8 Security

When we started this series, we planned to do one episode a week and highlight a single session.  However, if we did that it would take us well into the fall season and there is some risk the content would be effectively obsolete or dated by then.  Therefore, we are going to double up and highlight two episodes each week.  I’ll try to logically group the sessions together.

This week we have a fine pair of sessions.  Up first is a session from TechEd North America called “Securing Windows 8 Clients and Resources from Threats”.  Windows 8 offers a rich set of new features that change the game when it comes to Windows client security. Come join us to learn about one of the key scenarios that we’ve delivered which enables Windows 8 to secure clients and resources from threats in a completely new way. During this session we discuss Trusted Boot, Measured Boot, Remote Attestation, Virtual Smartcards, and even third-party features in the context of an end-to-end scenario where a company is able to ensure that a customer account is being accessed from a healthy device and is vetted using strong authentication before access to resources is granted.



The second session I want to bring to your attention is from TechEd Europe called “What’s New in Windows 8.1 Security: Overview”. Windows 8 offers a huge leap forward when it comes to security capability and took three years to get there, so what type of security improvements can you expect to see in a one-year project like Blue? You’ll be surprised! Come join us to learn about the improvements that Blue will offer in domains such as Malware Resistance, Data protection, and Access Control.



Check back here next Tuesday.  We’ll have another episode of Top Picks from TechEd 2013And for those of you interested in downloading some of the products and trying them, here are some resources to help you:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview download
  • System Center 2012 R2 Preview download
  • SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP1) download
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview download

Written by Keith Combs, Microsoft Server and Tools

Comments (0)

  1. Anonymous says:

    “What’s New in Windows 8.1 Security: Overview” link broken.

  2. TH says:

    All of the new technology is exciting. But the basic question remains: Is my data in the cloud secure? I think that in spite of all of the prose supporting that view, we have to doubt the security of our data from governmental organizations such as the NSA. With the secret courts, the issuance of blanked search warrants and the no-notification rulings we would never know that our data was copied to a government database. We would have no idea who has access to the data. Once our data hits the cloud it is no longer under our control.

    While you may say I have nothing to hide, doesn't it seem like a good idea to have your data remain under your control? No cloud service is immune to governmental data harvesting, just look at the email and wireless companies experience.  If you put your data on a public cloud you have lost control over who has access to the data. You have to expect that it will be available to any governmental organization or contractor who wants to peruse it. If you or your company take a stand that is counter to what the government want your data could be used against you, via the IRS, EPA, ISCC, FCC…….

    If you have read the news lately you know that Constitutional rule no longer is in effect. The rules are whatever the party in power wants them to be. Just ask those asking for IRS tax exempt status that has "Tea" or "Party" in their names. I am not taking a political stance here, just saying that next week your area of business or industry could be in disfavor.

    The only way to keep your data yours is to restrict access to it and to have it under your control at all times. Don't backup to the cloud, don't store it in the cloud, keep it local.

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