Security Risk: Windows XP Users

On April 8, 2014, support for Windows XP will no longer be provided. Users will no longer receive security updates, assisted support options or online technical content updates.

If your business utilizes Windows XP, the integrity of your organization is at risk. After the support date expiration, your business is a target for hackers and cybercriminals. Why? Because they will have more information about the vulnerabilities in the outdated system, and will seek to exploit them.

Businesses that continue to run Windows XP after April 8th will face substantial liability and legal issues. Data breaches will increase significantly, leaving critical and private and information in the hands of criminals. Many industries are particularly at risk because they will no longer meet certain compliance and regulatory requirements.

Forgoing a migration will be costly. Compliance violations, reputation costs related to breaches, and the time costs associated with administering and managing an outdated system will add up quickly. And for many small and medium-sized businesses, one data breach and compliance violation will be enough to put them out of business.

The takeaway? Manage your risk by upgrading to a modern operating system. This is the only way to truly protect your business if you are currently running on Windows XP. If you would like assistance in learning how to migrate, please do not hesitate to contact us at (405) 242-1000.