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Organizations at Risk Due to Avoiding a Clean Install of Windows 10


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Nearly half of respondents in a 1E survey say organizations are opting for an in-place Windows 10 upgrade and are missing out on Microsoft’s security features that come with a clean install.

 

Microsoft often talks about the security benefits of Windows 10. The company says it is the most secure platform for both consumers and organizations. However, new research by enterprise software company 1E suggests organizations are actually at risk due to the way they migrate Windows 10.

 

The report points out that many companies are opting to install Windows 10 via an in-place upgrade. Because this is happening frequently, many organizations are missing the advanced security features. Windows 10 security suite features like Secure Boot and Device Guard are missing when using in-place upgrades.

 

If you are unfamiliar with the term, an in-place upgrade is the upgrading of an operating system without removing the previous OS. This installation process can cause issues if the new OS is different in many aspects from the older OS.

 

For example, upgrading to Windows 10 from older Windows versions may cause problems because they are very different. When this happens, it is recommended that a “clean install” be conducted where all the data is saved off machine and restored.

 

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This is a full reinstall that basically start the OS as new. Companies are avoiding a clean install, opting for the in-place upgrades to save the data and avoid having to reinstall applications. Because organizations are avoiding clean installs, they are unprotected from security threats.

 

Of course, it is not directly Microsoft’s fault and not a direct cause of Windows 10. Indeed, it is companies taking the easier option that makes them more vulnerable. If organizations choose the clean install option they would get the in-built security that would keep the migration process safe.

Companies Choose Windows 10 for Security

1E conducted a survey that involved 500 IT managers in the United States. The results show that companies are choosing Windows 10 specifically for its security benefits. 47 percent of those asked said that security was the primary factor for adoptions. Two in three of all respondents say their organizations have been subjected to security breaches.

 

“Companies clearly want a more secure operating system by adopting Windows 10,” said Sumir Karayi, founder and CEO of 1E, “but in the rush to get there, organizations can end up being inadequately protected and would benefit from a more methodical approach.”

 

 

 

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It all depends... If that 'outbound connections' default is swapped from 'Allow' to 'Block', much is gained. I know it is a lot of hard work, but even for the Windows Firewall, a tool like Firewall Control from BiniSoft or the likes can help you much in the process. Then there are tools to protect you from Microsoft (yep, they are spying on you too), like O&O ShutUp 10. While a fresh install removes traces of an older install, it also removes any security meassures you might have installed and so the picture is not entirely b&w as the article may suggest

 

A tad off topic, but what I have found during a lifetime in IT is that people are way too trusting (Now looky here, *click*... and perform the click of their own grief without even a shred of critical thinking and 'of course' they have administrative priviledges on their user account out of convenience {you only need that from time to time, think about it - how hard is it to log on to another account to get the occasional job done?}).

 

In other words, the article is valid only based on the fact that most companies and people don't think security first and convenience next, go figure...


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