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Retailers to face fines for using Windows XP after April 8th 2014 DEADLINE!

With Microsoft ending support of Windows XP on April 8th 2014, this has led to some pressing issues for all users of that operating system globally.

What this means to you

You will now not get any support for XP, no security patched or system updates anymore. After this point, any retailer or business running Windows XP on its P.O.S. or other payment systems will be in breach of their PCI compliance. An offence that could lead to fines if not rectified immediately.

If your business is running on what is known as an “End-Of-Life” operating system (EOL) on April 9th 2014, you will be in breach of Requirement 6.1 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), which states that merchant have to:

“Ensure that all system components and software are protected from known vulnerabilities by having the latest vendor-supplied security patches installed.”

So that means regardless of what the application is of your systems, on April 9th, you will not be PCI compliant, and there is no loophole or get out clause to enable you to continue using the old XP system and stay compliant. If you fail to store your payment data in a non approved PCI DSS, you will be in breach of the Data Protection Act, and liable for fines accordingly.

Alongside the non compliance of XP based systems, there is also the security concerns for your business on an operational level. If you run Windows XP on your systems, personal computers, ATMs or other specialist systems and applications, you will almost immediately be at risk.

As is the way with EOL situations, your business is exposed to a greater threat of data theft, unauthorised entry into your systems, unplanned deletion of data, or your associated software’s suddenly not being compatible.

ALL of these business critical concerns are avoidable if you upgrade your operating system and future proof your business from this situation for another decade.

Here at The PC Surgeon, we are more than happy to provide you with advice on what your options are, how it can affect your compliance and what is best for your business. For more information and advise please feel free to contact us on 0207 998 0104.

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