The new Windows as a Service model of Microsoft has helped Microsoft implement new threat mitigations and protection against threats faster than in the previous model that saw new releases happen every three years.
Windows as a Service evolves the operating system constantly, or more precisely, twice a year with feature updates around March and September of each year.
A new blog post on Technet compares the old release model to the new in regards to threat mitigation, and highlights improvements and advancements that Microsoft made since the release of Windows 10.
The author compares exploitation a decade ago to exploitation techniques that are used today. Microsoft's take away from that was that the faster release of Windows 10 feature updates would reduce the impact that new exploitation techniques had on the Windows population.
The graphic that you see above shows new threat mitigation techniques that Microsoft added to the first four versions of Windows 10.
The blog article highlights important mitigations afterwards:
Microsoft mentions the main objectives when implementing threat mitigations into Windows 10 afterwards:
Reducing the attack surface of Windows Platform
Takes soft target out of the picture
Eliminates existing exploitation techniques so that new techniques need to be found.
Reducing impact of vulnerability by isolation.
Make overall exploitation harder and expensive
Windows as a Service guarantees faster deployment of exploit mitigation techniques according to Microsoft. While that is probably true for some techniques, others may have also been added to previous versions of Windows as updates.
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