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How will the end of Windows XP impact your organization?

Created: 04 Mar 2014 • 7 comments
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The clock is ticking down on Windows XP. Microsoft will end technical assistance for the 12-year-old operating system on April 8 and effectively stop delivering automatic updates and security patches to Windows XP users. Although many consumers, small businesses and even large enterprises have already transitioned to newer and more secure systems, approximately 30 percent of desktop operating systems still run on Windows XP today and could be left vulnerable after April 8. 

At Symantec, we firmly believe running up-to-date security products is a critical step in protecting your enterprise’s information, systems and devices. However, even the best security products can’t fully protect an outdated operating system. XP users will face increased risks after April 8 as cybercriminals try to take advantage of vulnerabilities. 

Symantec’s security solutions will continue to support Windows XP systems for the foreseeable future, but we strongly recommend that enterprises still using Windows XP upgrade to a more current operating system as soon as possible and protect it with a robust security solution. Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.4 is a good option that’s built on multiple layers of protection, including Symantec Insight and SONAR, and designed to protect against new and unknown threats. Symantec Data Center Security: Service Advanced also offers important server protections for physical and virtual data centers that allow enterprises to lock down applications, configuration settings and resources so that malicious code and vulnerabilities cannot be exploited. 

The end of support for XP shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially given recent trends toward more sophisticated technologies and connected devices. Also known as the “Internet of Things,” these new technologies deliver great conveniences and value – even in the enterprise – but one thing is certain: it’s important to keep your information protected regardless of where it’s stored, accessed or shared. 

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Frank Quijano's picture

Thanks for the info. It will be a big help advising those who still use Windows XP.

But my question is, how would SEP handle this situation with regards to licensing? Especially for a deployment of hundreds or thousands of clients?

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!

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Arellia Privilege Management's picture

For those who will need to live with XP for a while, secure your endpoints by implementing least privilege. Over 85% of exploits on XP are mitigated by removing administrator rights.  Arellia will keep you productive by elevating approved applications and processes, not users.

As a Symantec Partner, you can order Arellia solutions from the Symantec price list!

Arellia Application Control can even analyze your stubborn XP applications and create the right access permissions for that application to operate securely in Win7 or 8!

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Linas's picture

No big deal never had support from MS anyway and the support I got was reinstall OS

Nice troubleshooting

Although MS is making it a nightmare to update a new install of XP or server 2003 they messed with the update servers and updates are not working without a lot of try this try that

 

 

I just received a new install of a storage locker system connected to the internet running Windows XP

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JLuengasE's picture



Good article. To consider it. yes

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Ch@gGynelL_12's picture

Thanks for the info. This will help us Partners to inform clients the vulnerabilities might comes after the end-of-life support. This was also an oppurtunity to line SCSP.

 

Thank you.

 

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Aeschylus's picture

Thanks for sharing. We still encounter users with WinXP using SEP 11, so information like this can help them convince on migrating.

 

Best Regards,

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rudyCNP's picture

All XP PC's will be placed on a entirely different network for us. Similar to a DMZ, but not public facing.

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