Yes you are reading the headline correctly, and no I am not out of my mind. The current crop of Microsoft products including the Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 operating systems are some of the best products in their class from a cybersecurity standpoint. This is according to a recent article in the New York Times, as well as from Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella on Microsoft’s Channel 9 web site.
Even security firm F-Secure CEO Mikko Hypponen is impressed, saying “They’ve changed themselves from worst in class to the best in class. The change is complete. They started taking security very seriously.”
In my own practice, I have seen a vast improvement in the security of Microsoft’s products, as the steady flood of typical malware remediation work that was a staple of our business has dwindled to a trickle over the last five years or so.
So for those of you who are considering a move from Windows to the Mac “because it is more secure” need to give that idea a closer look. Especially when I read in Silicon Beat that “Apple computers and gadgets increasingly targeted by malware.”
About the Author:I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com