Microsoft Ends its Support for Windows XP

Marshall Jones

Marshall Jones, Director of Managed Services Development | Safe Systems

April 8, 2014. For so long it was just another date sometime in the future. But now that date has arrived, and with it the end of support for one of Microsoft’s most loved operating systems, Windows XP.

For more than a year, Safe Systems has been working with its clients to help them get their banks’ and credit unions’ computers off of Windows XP and on to one of Microsoft’s newer operating systems, Windows 7 or Windows 8. Congratulations to the Safe Systems clients who in the last 16 months have replaced or updated 7,232 machines before Microsoft’s April 8 deadline.

But there’s still work to be done. As of the deadline, nearly 15% of devices at community banks and credit unions are still running XP, according to Safe Systems’ data. By some reports, more than 25% of all PCs still run XP, and 95% ATMs rely on a version of the operating system. That amounts to thousands of computers that will become increasingly more vulnerable to attack, as Microsoft will no longer release patches and security updates to address whatever new malware and zero-day attacks hackers and other criminals throw at XP.

WindowsCyan_WebIn case your financial institution is one of those still running XP, or is planning to upgrade sometime in the near future, it doesn’t hurt to be aware of the risks involved. The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council issued a statement on XP late last year. We’ve also published a few articles to help keep you informed on the process of upgrading, as well as the risks of lagging behind.

The following is a list of resources on Windows XP published by TechComply and The Compliance Guru over recent months:

Windows XP and Electronic Banking

Windows XP and Vendor Management

What to Expect When Upgrading Your Institution’s Operating System

How Keeping XP Past April 8 Could Impact Risk

Windows XP is Credit Union Times’ Threat of the Week

It’s Time We Sang ‘Happy Trails’ to Windows XP

The Windows 8 Experience

 

 

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