Do you still have PCs running Windows XP?
Microsoft support for Windows XP ceased on the 8th April 2014. From this date the PC and the network it is attached to will be increasingly at risk. This is because, as new security vulnerabilities are found, they will not be fixed. Before 8th April 2014, Microsoft issued Windows updates to fix these security holes, after this date no more updates are being issued.
If your business is regulated by external bodies, such as the SRA for law firms, or the FCA/PRA for financial firms, or you have to comply with the Data Protection Act or the PCI DSS for Credit Card transactions, the existence of a Windows XP PC on your network could result in compliance issues.
NLDC would be happy to help you move away from Windows XP in as cost effective a way as possible. In the meantime it would be prudent to ensure that any XP PCs cannot access, or be accessed from, the internet. This will reduce your risk, but it will not eliminate it.
Don’t forget also that Windows Server 2003 will cease to be supported by Microsoft on 14th July 2015. Businesses that use Server 2003 need to start considering their options now. One option my be to consider Cloud Computing. In our next issue we try to demystify cloud computing, because for some businesses, especially unregulated ones, cloud computing may be a sensible way of upgrading to a supported operating system.