Microsoft Surface Pro – An enterprise device?

Microsoft is pushing everything to an “As a Service” model. I think that’s great because of – for example – staying in control of licenses and costs. Microsoft recently announced the “Windows 10 as a Service” and “Surface as a Service” services. The Surface Pro 4 is a fantastic device, but in my opinion lacks a couple of essential features to classify it as an Enterprise Device. I worked with large organizations and the first 2 check boxes on the acceptance list are:

  • The device needs a Kensington lock
  • The user needs to provide the BitLocker PIN to start the device

I think those points are really necessary for an enterprise device. Without a Kensington lock, a device can be easily stolen during a short break. (Or do you take your Surface with you when going to the toilet?!) Most organizations require that a BitLocker PIN is needed to unlock the device. It’s possible to use an on screen keyboard during the preboot screen, but I don’t see any business using this. Mark Morowczynski from Microsoft says that this is because an attacker can connect to the machine using DMA or retrieve the secrets from memory. The Surface Pro 4 DMA connector is soldered on the motherboard, but the memory can still be easily stolen without a Kensington lock!

So what do you think? Should Microsoft add the Kensington lock to the Surface Pro 5?

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