Author: 
Davey Winder
itpro.co.uk
Friday, December 7, 2012

Windows 8 has been around long enough now for any small business considering the upgrade to know if it's a good fit for them.

However, there's one question that should always be at the forefront of any IT pro’s mind when planning a move to the new operating system (OS) that, unfortunately, often isn't. And, that question is, just how secure is Windows 8?

Joseph Souren, vice president of hardware security vendor Wave Systems, is a self-confessed fan of Windows 8 security.

"Windows 8 represents a powerful endorsement of open industry standard for hardware embedded security,” he said.

“It comes in response to a constantly evolving cyber landscape, epitomised by the threat of sophisticated boot sector viruses, compliance with data protection laws, an increasingly mobile workforce and porous network perimeters.

“The new OS also brings fresh capability for the management of virtual smart cards and DirectAccess, allowing enterprise users to establish their identity using the machine as a token-for-network logon, negating the need for tens of passwords which fail to live up to the current threats we face,” he added.

Windows 8 has been around long enough now for any small business considering the upgrade to know if it's a good fit for them.

However, there's one question that should always be at the forefront of any IT pro’s mind when planning a move to the new operating system (OS) that, unfortunately, often isn't. And, that question is, just how secure is Windows 8?