Though Windows XP has not been supported by Microsoft for over two years, it continues to be used widely by many companies and organizations. During the past two years, there have been no security patches or updates released to users. Despite this, companies continue to play with fire and rely on an insecure environment. Use of Windows XP is so widespread, in fact, that it runs on one in every ten computers worldwide.
We at cat-man-du have done our best to inform our communities and clients that Microsoft XP will no longer be receiving any support from Microsoft after April of this year. This means no new security patches or any other updates.
Banks a seeing that they are going to be vulnerable as well as many of the ATM machines out there are currently running on a version of XP. Some of these large banks are opting to extend their XP support. The only thing about that is it is a service they are having to pay for, and pay big. We’re talking in the millions of dollars for extended XP support.
For those who are in the healthcare industry and running Windows XP, you need to read this. With Microsoft ending support of XP in April of 2014, your HIPPA compliancy will be compromised.
Once support for XP ends, Microsoft will no longer send out security updates for the systems which will compromise patient data which is a HIPPA violation. Ideally, you would have started your migration to a Windows 7 network installation a year ago when the extension was filed, but in the real world things like that rarely go that smoothly.
April 9th, 2014 is the date that Microsoft is set to stop supporting XP. On that day, any exploit released for the system will run rampant. This is a warning to those still running Windows XP, it is time to take some steps to insure that you do not end up suffering from massive infections and compatibility issues.