Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Still using Windows XP? Your business is at risk.

Windows XP will go out of support on April 8, 2014. If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, now is the time to migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Top four reasons to migrate to Windows 7/8

1. Security risk: Without critical Windows XP security updates, your system may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage your business data and information. Anti-virus software will also not be able to fully protect you once Windows XP itself is unsupported.

2. Software issues: Many software and hardware vendors will no longer support their products that are running on Windows XP as they are unable to get the Windows XP updates.

3. No support: When problems arise, technical support will unfortunately no longer be available to assist you or your IT provider, leaving you on your own to deal with the problems.

4. Increased downtime and cost of maintenance: Older systems running XP experience 40% more downtime than systems running Windows 7/8. They also have double the number of security risks and cost 1.5 x more to maintain than newer systems.*

* Source: Tech Aisle, 'SMB Perspectives: The case for Buying Modern PCs', March, 2010

1 comment:

  1. Are you still using Windows XP? Out of support TOMORROW.

    So what’s the risk?

    In a word, security. Windows XP, designed long before Web 2.0, social media and the mobile revolution, simply wasn’t built to deal with today’s broad range of security threats. Hackers traditionally seek out the most popular and weakest platforms, and XP has long been a target of choice by virtue of its user base and its age. Microsoft has done an admirable job keeping the venerable code relatively secure as the threat environment around it continued to intensify, but nothing lasts forever.

    Growing vulnerability

    With security updates no longer being provided by the company, hackers will increasingly be able to exploit known and newly discovered vulnerabilities with no commensurate response from the vendor. Although Microsoft will continue to provide updated anti-malware signatures until July 2015, existing installations of Windows XP will potentially become more vulnerable over time to an ever-widening range of attacks, including viruses, identity theft and zombie nets.

    While the machines themselves may continue to function as they always have, the risks associated with being victimized by hackers will rise – and companies that fail to adequately protect their legacy XP computers could find themselves victimized. A compromised machine could be used by hackers to launch additional attacks on clients and other stakeholders. Companies must weigh the risks of maintaining outdated infrastructure against the potential brand-compromising impact of being fingered as the unwitting source of a widespread attack.