New Protections Coming to Windows 10

Microsoft has announced a new layer of protection coming to Windows 10 that will help defend the operating system against some active hacking methodologies.

Called Kernel Data Protection or KDP is designed to combat a very common threat vector, when hackers attempt to compromise applications running in memory. KDP protects areas of memory that are vulnerable to malware by making that section of the memory read-only.

Another coming data protection feature will isolate running applications in their own container. This will further protect running applications and also prevent a compromise from successfully attacking other applications that are running on the same computer.

The technical underpinnings of this are somewhat complex, yet also fairly straight forward if you understand how operating systems and software work at the kernel and virtualization level. Importantly, these safeguards will be coming to all Windows operating system platforms including Intel, AMD and ARM processors.

If you'd like to review more technical information about these coming security enhancements, Microsoft published a blog post last week that goes into considerably more detail. It's nice to see more native protections coming at the operating system level. KDP is currently in beta, so stay tuned for the public launch.