Windows 11 New Security Feature Minimizes Risk of Ransomware
One of the many concerns about hybrid and remote work for IT departments throughout the working world is the expansion of the attack surface for cybercrooks. Recently, Microsoft has taken a step toward minimizing the possibility of ransomware attacks by strengthening the cybersecurity of Windows 11 through a new security default setting.
The new security default setting will help prevent ransomware attacks that start with password-guessing and compromised credentials.
Windows 11’s new account security default on account credentials should help prevent ransomware attacks initiated after using compromised credentials or brute-force password attacks to access remote desktop protocol endpoints, which are often exposed on the internet. This is especially important in today’s new work settings that have companies relying on hybrid and remote work environments so heavily.
Remote desktop protocol (RDP) is the top method for initial access in ransomware payload deployment. Cybercriminal gangs specialize in compromising remote desktop protocol endpoints and selling them to others for access.
Windows 11’s new security feature is rolling out in a recent Insider test build, and it also will be available for Windows 10 desktop and server users. The feature will have to be turned on by Windows 10 users since it is not enabled by default.
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