Microsoft announces that protection from ransomware like the recent “WannaCrypt” attacks will be part of the long-awaited Windows 10 Creators Update.
In a recent article from Microsoft, the subject of combating ransomware like the recent attacks around the world takes center stage as a premier addition to the Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft seems to be doubling down on its own antivirus software as well as hardware solutions to deal with the debilitating attacks like WannaCrypt. The Windows strategy of dealing with these attacks include:
- Utilizing hardware-based security (built into Windows 10) and use mitigations to increase risk to attackers on Windows 10
- Windows 10 will block virtually all pathways for hackers to use for attack through Windows Defender Antivirus and Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
Windows 10 Defeats Ransomware
Microsoft praises its own internal efforts for its effectiveness towards repelling the recent ransomware attacks. The software manufacturer also stated that no one using the new Windows 10 S reported any successful ransomware attacks against their computers, nor were any Windows 10 users affected by the WannaCrypt attacks.
It is now known that cyberattack was most effective against older and more obsolete operating systems, which is why Microsoft is stressing the effectiveness of its newest Windows platform that receives constant updates from staying ahead of threats before they strike. For example, Microsoft Edge, the new search engine built for Windows 10, uses tools like Kernel Control Flow Guard (kCFG) and Arbitrary Code Guard (ACG) to seek out and mitigate threats.
Windows Defender Antivirus uses the cloud and AI with the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph to identify new threats (including ransomware) as they first appear anywhere in the world to quickly find a means of protecting users. The upcoming Creators Update will beef up the capabilities of Windows Defender Antivirus and Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection to make this real-time protection a better reality.
To get a better idea of how the Windows 10 Creators Update will better protect users from viruses and ransomware, check out the whitepaper Microsoft has published. For all other Windows 10 or ransomware questions, be sure to contact us today!