As part of our new Azure-cloud-based product we need to get Microsoft certification for the CAPIX software. This certification is known as “Authenticode”.

We’ve done similar certification in the past, but it’s interesting how Microsoft security has changed and improved. It means more work for us developing software, although is will save time in the longer run as the software application will be easier to install on high-security networks.

One change is that instead or receiving an encryption key a a file via email, the encryption key is now sent via courier and can only be stored on a secure USB “Dongle”.

It’s interesting because we haven’t seen Dongles for more than 15 years. The younger staff in the office scratch their heads, having never heard of “Dongles”. It’s “back to the future”, but we can see the direction Microsoft are taking with security and think it’s great.