Windows Server 2016

Better security starts at the OS with Windows Server 2016

Increasingly sophisticated attacks require new layers of security

Evolving cyber threats have made it harder than ever for IT to secure their applications and data. Attackers are getting more sophisticated, often using compromised, highly privileged admin credentials to control access. These credentials make it easy for them to remain undetected for long periods of time or create an instant, devastating attack.

Virtualized environments are particularly at risk. Virtual machines don’t have the hardware-rooted security capabilities of physical servers. Since virtual machines are instantiated from files that can be copied and modified, any attacker that is able to access the fabric storage, network, or compute resources immediately has unchecked privileges for all virtual machines. An attacker can simply copy your SQL and domain controller VMs into a USB drive and walk out with your crown jewels.

Protect, detect, and respond

Windows Server 2016 includes built-in breach resistance mechanisms to thwart attacks on your systems and help meet compliance goals. Even if someone finds a way into your environment, the layers of security built into every Windows Server 2016 system limit the damage they can cause. Several credential isolation and threat defense capabilities are activated upon deployment. Other security features can be enabled as needed to help you:

  • Block Pass-the-Hash attacks and other attempts to compromise admin credentials.
  • Prevent malware and ransomware from being injected into servers.
  • Quickly identify behavior that indicates a server breach.
  • Extend protection that exists for your physical servers to your virtual machines.

Global data breach costs per organization ($M)

The cost of data breaches continues to grow every year and now averages $4M per incident.

Source: Cost of Data Breach Study, IBM, Ponemon

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