Security

Windows 10 security: A guide for business leaders

Originally Published:
Mar 2019

Protecting Windows 10 PCs from common security problems requires ongoing vigilance and effort. This ebook explains what steps to take and what risks you should watch out for.

From the ebook:

It is tempting to think that the process of securing a Windows 10 device can be reduced to a simple checklist. Install some security software, adjust a few settings, hold a training session or two, and you can move on to the next item on your to-do list.

Alas, the real world is far more complicated than that.

There is no software magic bullet, and your initial setup simply establishes a security baseline. After that initial configuration is complete, security requires continued vigilance and ongoing effort. Much of the work of securing a Windows 10 device happens away from the device itself. A well-planned security policy pays attention to network traffic, email accounts, authentication mechanisms, management servers, and other external connections.

This guide covers a broad spectrum of business use cases, with each heading discussing an issue that decision makers must consider when deploying Windows 10 PCs. And although it covers many options that are available, this is not a hands-on guide.

In a large business, your IT staff should include security specialists who can manage these steps. In a small business without dedicated IT staff, outsourcing these responsibilities to a consultant with the necessary expertise might be the best approach.

Before you touch a single Windows setting, though, take some time for a threat assessment. In particular, be aware of your legal and regulatory responsibilities in the event of a data breach or other security-related event. For businesses that are subject to compliance requirements, you’ll want to hire a specialist who knows your industry and can ensure that your systems meet all applicable requirements.

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