[EN] U.S. DoD to upgrade 4 million devices to Windows 10 within one year
This is an unprecedented move for the DoD and the largest enterprise deployment of Windows 10 to date.
by Susie Adams
Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Federal
February 17, 2016
According to the Office of the DoD CIO, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary of Defense has directed all DoD agencies currently on legacy operating systems to standardize on Windows 10. With deployments starting right away, all DoD agencies must upgrade approximately 4 million devices and systems with a goal of deploying within one year. This is an unprecedented move for the DoD and the largest enterprise deployment of Windows 10 to date.
As the DoD plans to upgrade to Windows 10, two security certifications Microsoft announced today can help the department meet its deployment goals. First, the National Information Assurance Program (NIAP) has certified Windows 10 against the Mobile Device Fundamentals Common Criteria protection profile, confirming that Windows 10 meets specific government criteria and standards. On top of this, the Surface family of devices are now fully certified and available through the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL). This means that Surface has met the strict security and interoperability requirements set by the DoD, and can be easily worked into deployment plans for all defense agencies.