Windows 10 Solution for Ransomware
When the WannaCry Ransomware hit a while back, Microsoft took an unusual step of patching all its old operating systems. Even the ones it had stopped supporting for various reasons. This step was taken as a way to limit any potential impact that ransomware may have on infrastructures such as hospitals and schools.
However, one of the operating systems that did not require a patch was Windows 10.
Windows 10 is immune to ransomware
Microsoft has revealed how Windows 10 has been designed to resist ransomware. While such inventiveness is always a race between hackers and OS creators, it is always nice to know how they work. That way, future developers can always get some insight into how future attacks can be prevented. Here is a short summary of the Windows 10 capabilities.
The Windows 10 Creators Update Protection
Improvements to the Edge Browsers
Additionally, Windows says that its Edge browser has a high degree of protection. It opens pages in ‘container sandboxes’ that protect them from malicious programs. Any downloads through the browser are run through a reputation checking service. Additionally, users are provided with the option of choosing whether they want to run Flash-based content. Microsoft views this as a great way to protect computers against ransomware.
Not only does Windows Edge protect from malicious ransomware, but it also works very well against malicious sites and phishing attempts. With more companies relying on the web to conduct business transactions, being protected from phishing is an awesome move by Microsoft.
The purpose of Flash control is to stop ransomware infections that occur immediately after a user visits a site using Adobe software. The result is that ransomware can exploit weaknesses in Adobe software to the detriment of the user.
Another feature that Windows has included is the Device Guard. The Device Guard lets organizations whitelist the software that can run on their devices. The whitelist applies to plug-ins and add-ins as well.
The Device Guard technology uses hardware virtualization of the CPU to protect the computer from bad system files and drivers as well. However, to utilize this feature, you will need to have a CPU with virtualization capabilities. In short, this technology may not work on older computers with older CPUs.
Advanced Threat Protection
Another feature that Microsoft touted is a post-breach analysis service of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. This will allow Windows 10 to better analyze any ransomware that attacks a computer. The Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection is sold separately for businesses. It is not the same as having Windows Defender antivirus.
The Windows 10 OS comes with an inbuilt antivirus that can block Ransomware automatically. However, one unique attribute about it is its ability to use machine learning. Thus, it is able to block even never-before-seen malware.
Thus, any suspicious files, whether new or unknown will be kept safely away from your device. Other advanced technologies that are used with cloud-based technology are deep neural networks, fuzzy matching, and other advanced technologies.
In this version of Windows 10, the anti-virus can suspend suspicious files from running and sync with other technologies on the cloud to inspect the file. Within seconds, the AV will be able to determine if the file is dangerous or not. The information is then stored to help others in the future. Thus, the ability of Windows 10 to defend against malware only grows as more attacks are directed to it.
What Will This Mean for the User Experience?
The average user of a PC will probably not notice much difference. These are behind-the-scenes tweaks to the security rather than updates to the interface. If you are a business owner, it means you will not have to hold a session with your staff to make them understand how to use the new version of Windows.
If you have just begun using Windows 10 in your organization, the latest version of updates may not be much of a priority.
You are Only as Strong as Your Weakest Links
If you want to stay safe in your organization, you will need to stay safe at all levels of the network. You will need to conduct end-user security training for instance. That way, your employees do not unwittingly open the door wide open for the bad guys to begin playing around with your security. If you want to learn more about how to avoid ransomware, contact us today!