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Vista Security Advancements

May 26th, 2006

Windows Vista is the first version of the Windows client to be developed using Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle, which makes security a top priority from the start by defining a repeatable engineering process that every developer must follow, and then verifying that process before release.

To improve security at the architectural level, Windows Vista implements a new strategy called Windows Service Hardening that improves the security of system services. Windows Vista also reduces the risk of buffer overrun vulnerabilities through improved testing and development processes, and it adds a number of enhancements to security on 64-bit systems.

With User Account Control, Windows Vista makes it easier for everyday users to run accounts with standard permissions, reducing the “surface area” for attacks. The Windows logon architecture has also been redesigned to improve reliability and enable alternative strong authentication methods.

Network Access Protection helps preserve the security of corporate networks by giving network administrators the tools to keep “unhealthy” machines off the network. Improved support for smart cards makes it easier for organizations to supplement passwords with multifactor authentication.Read Full Story

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