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Posted by Manatosh Das on April 27, 2014
On April 8, 2014, Microsoft stopped technical support for Windows XP; XP customers will no longer receive security or technical updates, hotfixes, or free or paid assistance. Microsoft statistics show that around 25% of PCs in Asia Pacific still run XP. Asia Pacific enterprises haven’t migrated away from XP because:
From now on, Microsoft will no longer issue updates to address new security vulnerabilities discovered in XP, leaving enterprises vulnerable to cyberattacks. Hackers are certain to have been holding back a few vulnerabilities waiting for just this moment!
Organizations that do not plan to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8 must consider XP-based systems as vulnerable and open to exploits. Hacker groups and organized crime syndicates can reverse-engineer Patch Tuesday releases for Microsoft fixes in Windows 7 and 8 to identify specific vulnerabilities in XP and craft code to exploit it. Once these endpoints have been compromised, they can be used as a springboard into the broader IT infrastructure for data theft or industrial espionage.
Enterprises that still use XP should take immediate steps to reduce their risk:
If you continue to use Windows XP, your computer will still work — but it might become more vulnerable to viruses and other security risks. We strongly recommend upgrading to a more modern and supported OS as soon as possible to avoid being targeted. The inconvenience of the upgrade is negligible compared with the negative impact a breach could have on your company and brand — and maybe your own job.
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