One of the selling points of Windows 7 was its improved security features.
However, as more companies are making the switch to Windows 7 -- recommended as XP support is slowly phased out -- Gartner reported at its Security and Risk Management Summit the improved security measures in the OS might not be the best fit for corporate needs. Instead, companies may find that they need to bring in a third-party vendor. For instance, according to a SearchSecurity.com article by Eric B. Parizo:
top-end security features like AppLocker, BitLocker, BitLocker to Go and DirectAccess require the more expensive Windows 7 Enterprise version, and also call for Enterprise Assurance or Software Assurance maintenance plans; the features don't come with the pre-configured PCs sold by HP or Dell.
Each security feature has pros and cons. When making the switch to Windows 7, test the different applications and learn how they work -- or don't work -- for your organization's security needs. A TechWorld article recommended the following:
Enterprises might want to look at product alternatives, including McAfee Safeboot, Sophos-acquired Utimaco, Credant Technologies and PGP and GuardianEdge, both of which Symantec recently announced it was acquiring.