The Morning After…

What are the implications for your business…

On April 9th 2014, Microsoft will cease to provide:
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New security updates

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Online technical help

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Free support services

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Paid XP support services

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Non security hotfixes

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Content updates and tutorials

How is your business affected…

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Open to Exploits

Users who fail to migrate will effectively be leaving their Windows XP based systems open to exploits and vulnerabilities.

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Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer below version 9.0 will also no longer be supported, meaning that all vulnerabilities in older versions become a major risk.

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Hardware Drivers

Most if not all hardware, peripheral and device vendors WILL CEASE to provide any new updates or drivers.

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ZERO Day Threats

Hackers and organised crime syndicates are developing attacks in anticipation of the unsupported Windows XP (Zero Day Threats are said to be sold up £150K)

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Latest Hardware NOT Supported

Users will not be able to take full advantage and benefits of the latest modern hardware technologies, as they will NOT function correctly on the aging OS.

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Open to Compliance Issues

Organisations that don’t upgrade are open to potential liabilities, legal issues and FINES, for example, the Data Protection Act requires organizations to use up-to-date software to protect critical or private personal and business information.

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A Potential Entry Point

Even if information/data is not kept on Windows XP systems, organisations must UPGRADE as these systems STILL represent a potential entry point for a breach of security.

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Your Reputation is at Risk

Security breaches can affect your reputation and PR, a single breach can impact a company’s ability to attract new customers and retain existing ones.

There is common acceptance by industry security and tech professionals that Hackers will wait till the retirement of Windows XP to unleash ALL new vulnerabilities and selling these exploits for up to $150K on the black market.

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