Seven for 7: Best practices for implementing Windows 7

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Compatible with Windows 7

Jonathan Tait at Sophos UK has been working for some time with the teams at Sophos and Microsoft to produce this whitepaper on Windows 7. I am proud to introduce it to you as we've put a lot of effort into examining the benefits of upgrading from XP and Vista.

One thought I wanted to share is that it may be time for a reboot. Not of your PC, mind you, but of your security policies and standard software images. Most organizations I work with through Sophos still have Windows XP as their standard workstation platform. Some of you have adopted Vista, but not everyone has had the hardware resources and time to train their teams on all of the new methods of managing it.

For those of you who did not roll out Windows Vista, consider skipping a generation and standardizing on Windows 7. Windows XP is nearly 10 years old now, and the enhanced security built into Windows 7 should be of major interest if you have been fighting the more creative malware efforts of our adversaries.

The purpose of this whitepaper is to introduce you to all of the additional security components in Windows 7 and suggest how you can implement those technologies in your migration. Whenever you make a major change in software, you'll have to spend some time training your users. While you are teaching them how to navigate the fancy new interface, take the opportunity to also teach them how to surf safely, how to protect their data, and what not to click.

We will continue this series with some new podcasts and other tools to help you navigate the world of encryption, social media, web threats, and data leakage prevention. It's important to remember that technology can only take us so far; our users are our partners in protection.

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About the author

Chester Wisniewski is a Senior Security Advisor at Sophos Canada. He provides advice and insight into the latest threats for security and IT professionals with the goal of providing clear guidance on complex topics. You can follow Chester on Twitter as @chetwisniewski, on App.net as Chester, Chester Wisniewski on Google Plus or send him an email at chesterw@sophos.com.