When we started this series, we planned to do one episode a week and highlight a single session.  However, if we did that it would take us well into the fall season and there is some risk the content would be effectively obsolete or dated by then.  Therefore, we are going to double up and highlight two episodes each week.  I’ll try to logically group the sessions together.

This week we have a fine pair of sessions.  Up first is a session from TechEd North America called “Securing Windows 8 Clients and Resources from Threats”.  Windows 8 offers a rich set of new features that change the game when it comes to Windows client security. Come join us to learn about one of the key scenarios that we’ve delivered which enables Windows 8 to secure clients and resources from threats in a completely new way. During this session we discuss Trusted Boot, Measured Boot, Remote Attestation, Virtual Smartcards, and even third-party features in the context of an end-to-end scenario where a company is able to ensure that a customer account is being accessed from a healthy device and is vetted using strong authentication before access to resources is granted.

 

 

The second session I want to bring to your attention is from TechEd Europe called “What’s New in Windows 8.1 Security: Overview”. Windows 8 offers a huge leap forward when it comes to security capability and took three years to get there, so what type of security improvements can you expect to see in a one-year project like Blue? You’ll be surprised! Come join us to learn about the improvements that Blue will offer in domains such as Malware Resistance, Data protection, and Access Control.

 

 

Check back here next Tuesday.  We’ll have another episode of Top Picks from TechEd 2013And for those of you interested in downloading some of the products and trying them, here are some resources to help you:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview download
  • System Center 2012 R2 Preview download
  • SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP1) download
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview download

Written by Keith Combs, Microsoft Server and Tools