How To Stay Secure (and Mobile) With The Microsoft Surface

September 4, 2018 Ingram Micro

If you’re looking towards the future to keep up-to-date with current tech trends, according to Microsoft research, by the end of this year up to 25% of corporate data will flow between mobile devices and the cloud.

Unfortunately, more information flow means more cyber attacks as the frequency increases the opportunities for hacking to occur. Otherwise, mobility is fantastic for business because it means employees can work on-the-go and aren’t limited by location or the typical 9-to-5 structure.

However, the downfall is that on-premise security is no longer applicable. Nowadays, security is essential for any business and Microsoft Surface devices are leading the pack by implementing the best encryption technology available.

THREATS TO SECURITY

First and foremost, security requires a preventative mindset so it’s important to be aware of the risks that exist in modern technology.

  • Stolen devices that are secured with a predictable password and basic security features are easily accessed and can be very dangerous when they fall into the wrong hands.
  • Malvertising includes deceitful web pages, email attachments and convincingly authentic advertisements. Clicking on one of these pages – accidental or not –can allow a hacker or cyber attack to gain unauthorized access to a device.
  • Public Wi-Fi may seem like a great idea but can lead to man-in-the-middle attacks. A hacker or cyber attacker can intercept communication between the cloud and a device when it is connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • User error includes transferring confidential information to unapproved locations, sharing important information over unsecured emails and installing risky apps. All of these actions can open up the device to various security threats.

SOLUTIONS TO SECURITY THREATS

The first step to solving security risks is being aware of the variety of issues that may arise. Next to increasing awareness of the potential threats, learning all of the best technological solutions available to prevent these threats is crucial.

  • Dual-factor identification such as fingertip, facial or vocal recognition should be used on every device in addition to an alphanumeric password. This adds an extra layer of security and means that even if a device is stolen it will be nearly impossible to access the files on it.
  • Hardware encryption means that the storage of data on your device is protected against disk cloning, boot disks or physical access. OneDrive is the built-in storage app on Surface devices. It backs up files and offers encryption to increase safety.
  • Security compliance means ensuring your device meets the highest standards as decided by third-party boards. All Microsoft Surface devices are equipped with Windows Defender, a user-friendly program that protects against viruses, malware, spyware and more.
  • Virtualization-based security creates a heavily controlled and specialized virtual space by combining software and hardware. This space can be used to store and transfer critical facts.
  • Central management is a simple solution to monitor devices, report issues and support encrypted drives. This can be done within OneDrive or Windows Defender.

Ensure peace of mind with your Microsoft Surface device by being aware of security threats and the technology that can be used to combat them. Contact Microsoft today to gain information about the Surface’s mobility and security. 

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