Microsoft Windows XP Set to Expire

Manage your IT Assets: Windows XP, Office 2003, SQL Server 2000 and Windows Server 2003 will reach end of support soon.

Even though it still commands nearly a 38% usage share of all operating systems in use today, Microsoft is ending support for its Windows XP operating system.

Windows XP and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014. If your organization has not started the migration of your video surveillance running Windows XP, you are late. Based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment. To ensure you remain on supported versions of video surveillance, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before end of support.

The end of support for Windows XP is very important for end-users of video surveillance systems.  The loss of Microsoft’s support for Windows XP can expose critical video surveillance systems and make them vulnerable to operating system failures, viruses, spyware, malware, and other malicious software attacks.  To make matters worse, third party antivirus software companies are no longer supporting their security solutions for Windows XP.

With expired security, the risks and vulnerabilities are everywhere.  Even if a DVR is not connected to an outside network, it could still be vulnerable to malicious attacks.  Exposure is possible (perhaps even likely) since the primary method for exporting video and extracting evidence from a DVR is with a USB memory stick, which is one of the most prolific transmitters of harmful viruses and malware.  For example, this US power plant was shut down for 3 weeks due to a virus that infected their computer network.  Do not let this happen to your organization, talk to a Dakota Security professional today about your options to upgrade security
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With all the technical improvements on the market today, there is little reason to maintain expired systems running Windows XP.  Technology, especially in the video surveillance world, rarely stands still and the sunset of Microsoft’s XP after 10 years in operation should come as no surprise.  For those who are still attached to their Windows XP system, remember that mainstream support has already expired and the April 2014 expiration for extended support is less than a year away.  If you are running Windows XP, make preparations now to ensure that your critical security systems will continue to give you reliable performance and peace of mind.

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