Windows 10 is being referred to as Microsoft’s most secure operating system ever and its not just marketing. The security of Windows 10 with Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) has already proven itself in the largest global ransomware attack (WannaCry) as being unaffected.
Small and mid-size businesses are now able to leverage the security and productivity benefits of Microsoft’s new Windows 10 Enterprise offering through a Cloud Solution Provider, such as iCorps. Enterprise allows organizations to strengthen their security posture utilizing enhanced security features delivered in real time via the Microsoft cloud to protect against cyber threats including ransomware. Here are three good reasons we’re recommending Windows 10 Enterprise to SMBs.
Secure your organization
1. Secure Your Organization: Data and people are the livelihood of any organization. Enhanced Windows 10 security features allow businesses to keep their data, devices and users protected 24×7. The OS makes it easier than ever for a small or mid-sized business to get the benefits of enterprise-grade security and control without complexity or unrealistic costs. AppLocker management, for example, is a tool that helps administrators determine which applications and files users can run on a device. Device Guard employs rigorous access controls that help protect the Windows system core and prevent untrusted apps and executables from starting and Credential Guard protects employee identities by storing user access tokens within a secure environment. (Learn more about the security features here.) With Windows 10 Enterprise, endpoints can be managed from one interface allowing businesses to get a full picture of the computing environment from one control panel, included threat status, installed applications as well as running applications.
Last year, The U.S. Department of Defense deployed Windows 10 department-wide to strengthen cybersecurity and streamline their information technology operating environment. The exact same Windows that the DoD is deploying is now available to any business.
Enable secure productivity
2. Enable Secure Productivity: Technology, no matter how secure, is rendered useless in the workplace unless it enables productivity. The combination of Windows 10 Enterprise’s loaded security features with the OS’ power and productivity capabilities enable a protected and productive environment. A few factors give Windows 10 a leg up when it comes to enabling productivity: universal Windows app functionality which allows for a seamless experience across multiple devices, adjustable Snap which lets users have more than two windows side-by-side on the same screen, and cloud support for Azure Active Directory which basically enables users to login to their cloud based services like Office 365 without having to enter credentials, eliminating the need to remember multiple IDs and passwords. With Windows 10, Microsoft aimed to combine the best aspects of the user experience from Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, making its use straightforward and simple.
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3. Scalability and Affordability: Most businesses have an ebb and flow of personnel. People come and go and so should their workplace technology (raise your hand if you’ve had a laptop sit and collect dust for months with no one to use it?). With Windows 10 Enterprise through a cloud solution provider (CSP), you get the benefits of a pay-as-you-go subscription model. This means per-user, per-month pricing giving small businesses the flexibility to scale up or down, from month-to-month, as needs change. This also means that a Cloud Solution Provider (like iCorps) can onboard new employees and reassign licenses as needed. Windows 10 Enterprise gives SMBs the ability to access enterprise-grade security features and productivity for as little as the price of a venti Starbucks latte and blueberry scone. Windows 10 Enterprise ranges in cost from $7 per user to $14 per user depending on which security features your business needs.
Ever wanted the best of the best without breaking the bank to get it? That’s what’s at stake here with Windows 10 Enterprise. Ransomware is literally taking down organizations’ IT systems as you read this. We’ll spend hundreds on our smart phones, thousands on our cars and who knows how much on lattes, meanwhile a lack of security and outdated operating systems are costing businesses millions. Small and midsize businesses must arm themselves with technology that protects AND enables. The most robust, modern and secure operating system to date costs as little as $7 per employee… so, what are you waiting for?