In several instances, recently, we've been talking about Windows XP's retirement in April of 2014. Hopefully, we've raised awareness enough to ensure you all understand how critical migrating off Windows XP is for your organization.
Here's a few articles to refresh your memory:
- April 2014 is Fast Approaching and Organizations are Still Thick with Windows XP
- The Coming Windows XP Apocalypse
- What Is Bogging Down Your Windows XP Migration Plans?
- If a Japanese Insurance Company Can Do It, Why Can't You Migrate Off of Windows XP?
- App Compatibility and Lack of IT Resources Tops Windows XP Migration Woes
It's easy to become desensitized to a subject sometimes the more you read about it. And, even easier – almost comforting – to read about it and then quietly dissolve back into normal life, particularly when you are already overtasked. But, then there's that one piece of information that hits you like a ton of bricks, wakes you up, and really alerts you to the critical nature of the message.
Computerworld has posted up an article I wanted to share that gives a great example of what could happen if you delay migrating off of Windows XP. In XP's retirement will be hacker heaven, Gregg Keizer interviews Jason Fossen, a trainer for SANS since 1998 and an expert on Microsoft security, who suggests that "Hackers will bank bugs until after Microsoft retires Windows XP in April 2014; expect attacks."
In essence, since Microsoft will stop updating Windows XP in April 2014, there will be known vulnerabilities leftover that hackers will use to either take down entire networks, the entire Internet, or use malicious code to hold corporations' data for ransom.
Read the full Computerworld article here: XP's retirement will be hacker heaven
BTW: We have a quick survey running to help us understand your reasons for slow or stalled Windows XP migrations. You can participate here: What Is Bogging Down Your Windows XP Migration Plans?