Back in April I posted a blog article warning about the end of support for Windows XP coming up in April 2014. As the old saying goes, “a word to the wise should be sufficient.” Or so one would think.

Imagine my surprise then when I recently read the post by Tim Rains on the Microsoft Security Blog site titled “The Risk of Running Windows XP After Support Ends April 2014.” Tim reports that he has talked to some customers who won’t have completely migrated or, worse yet, “won’t migrate from Windows XP until the hardware it’s running on fails.”

What!!??!!

To this I can only say it brings to mind another old saying, “penny wise and pound foolish!”

What’s at stake here is nothing less than the security of your organization’s network and the data it holds. Those businesses who are willing to roll the dice on upgrading their operating systems are basically saying they’re willing to risk their security rather than pay to bring their IT up to current standards. Remember, Windows XP is 10 years old! A lot has changed in 10 years.

The chart below was taken from the above article and shows the infection rate by operating system and service pack in the fourth quarter of 2012. Take a careful look. Imagine what this chart will look like after support for XP ends. Then imagine Dirty Harry asking, “Do you feel lucky?”

If the answer is no, may I suggest you contact Simplex-IT? We can help guide your decision and achieve the best bang for your buck.

4th Quarter security attacks by OS