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With cybersecurity in mind, DoD commences year-long Windows 10 deployment

The Department of Defense (DoD) has commenced an enterprise-wide deployment of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system as part of an effort to bolster IT security and standardize processes, Microsoft announced in a blog post.

Attributing the news to the Office of DoD CIO Terry Halvorsen, Microsoft said that Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter had directed all DoD agencies currently on legacy operating systems to immediately begin migrating to Windows 10. This upgrade will affect approximately four million devices and systems, and is slated for completion in one year— “an unprecedented move for a customer with the size and complexity of the DoD,” the blog post states.

In a Nov. 20, 2015 memo, Halvorsen addressed the planned implementation of Windows 10, explaining the decision was to “improve our cybersecurity posture, lower the cost of IT and streamline the IT operating environment.”

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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