Windows 8 is nothing short of the most dramatic overhaul of the world’s most dominant operating system in 17 years. Much of the most talked-about features include a dual user interface (UI) consisting of a “Metro” side designed for use on slates and tables and the more classic “desktop” Windows 7-like UI.
But we’ll leave the discussions of the glossier aspects of Win 8 to the pundits.
No, for us Win 8 is the catalyst we’ve been waiting for – when the industry finally woke up to the promise of better security. It’s what Wave, and our colleagues in the Trusted Computing Group, have espoused and championed for nearly a decade: embedded hardware security built on industry standards.
Retail customers of Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, and PNC Bank were unable to get to their accounts for days in the last two weeks of September. There is no telling how many people missed payments, and Twitter was filled with tweets expressing frustration over the banks’ inability to serve their valued customers. Many banks suggested that their customers do their banking in person, although some also mentioned that their mobile phone applications would still work.
At AFCEA TechNet Land Forces East on the 16th, Wave CEO Steven Sprague presented a plenary session that posed the following question to attendees: “What is mobile?”
“Mobile,” he argued, “is a transition of the network architecture. It is a transformation from a network based on connections to a network based on identity.”
Mr. Sprague’s session delved into what this means for enterprise and government, from hardware provisioning, management, and strategy. He describes what an organization needs to do from the ground up in order to refocus the network in this way and recounts the benefits of identifying each device accessing sensitive networks & data.
Steven Sprague talks with Silicon Valley’s KLIV CEO Show about the new scrambls service, the evolution of hardware security, and innovation in the Silicon Valley and beyond. The full interview is available below.
In February, Microsoft announced its Windows 8 consumer preview. The enterprise release, rumored to be ready in October, will feature strong authentication, eDrive (Encrypted Drive) support, and UEFI for secure boot—all central concepts of Trusted Computing.
In this third installment from Steven Sprague’s interview with analyst Richard Stiennon, the conversation turns to the Windows 8 launch: what it indicates about Microsoft’s involvement in the security industry, what it means for enterprises using Windows, and how to ease the transition to the new platform.