Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 on April 8, 2014.
What Does This Mean for Your Organization?
Microsoft will no longer send security updates, security patches, or provide technical support for the Windows XP operating system. Microsoft will also no longer provide assisted support, online content updates, software updates or security updates for Office 2003 products.
If you continue to run a Windows XP operating system after April 8, 2014, you are opening yourself and your firm to a firestorm of risk.
Security Issues. Without the critical security updates from Microsoft, your XP machine may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that could steal or damage your business data and information. Even if you have up-to-date anti-virus software, it will not fully protect you from the potential risk.
Compliance Risks. Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may result in an officially recognized control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certications, and/or public notication of the organization’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information. Any Windows XP computer will become extremely vulnerable to attackers, and cause you to become non-compliant with PCI, HIPAA, SOX, etc.
What’s Your Next Step?
Contact us today to schedule your RIP XP Retirement Party! Vantage Point Solutions Group can help your business with planning the equipment upgrade to eliminate the use of Windows XP at your business. Replacement computers range from $695 for a standard user and start at $995 for power users.
Visit Microsoft – End of Support (XP & Office 2003) for more information.