Essential Guide

An enterprise guide to Windows XP security after end of updates for XP

Learn about the security implications of the April 2014 Windows XP end-of-life date and the end of XP security updates, plus how to plan an XP migration and succeed with the XP-to-Windows 7 or 8 transition.

Introduction

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It's over. Now what?

Microsoft has ended security updates for its Windows XP operating system following the Apr. 8, 2014, XP end-of-life date. The software giant has encouraged enterprises to migrate to a new operating system, but many organizations either haven't completed their transitions, or simply ignored the warnings.

It's not too late to act. SearchSecurity has gathered its best resources in this guide to help enterprises understand the urgent security risk posed by Windows XP systems, the options for securing the legacy OS prior to a migration and the key tactics to include when upgrading or migrating to a newer, more secure Windows platform.

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Ripped from the headlines: Windows XP security dangers

Whether you've been worried about Windows XP security long before the April 2014 XP end-of-life date or are just getting up to speed, get a recap of everything you need to know about XP security via news coverage from SearchSecurity and ComputerWeekly.

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Microsoft urges businesses toward Windows XP upgrade

The director of the Trustworthy Computing group at Microsoft explains why organizations running Windows XP should migrate to a newer operating system as soon as possible Continue Reading

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Gartner: Get rid of Windows XP, quick

The research giant echoes Microsoft's advice, saying most organizations will be at risk because they are running Windows XP somewhere in their IT estate. Continue Reading

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Windows XP attacks will come, slowly, after patches end

While experts said dangerous new attacks won't arrive right away, now that Windows XP's end-of-life date has come and gone, the XP attack risk will only escalate. Continue Reading

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Windows XP POS systems pose huge PCI DSS compliance issue for merchants

According to Trustwave, once the end-of-life date passes, virtually any instance of XP in a CDE will result in an instant assessment failure because there will be no reliable mechanism to patch critical security issues. Continue Reading

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In Windows XP migrations, focus on application compatibility

Security pros at organizations that have wrapped up large-scale XP migrations say it's best to focus on application compatibility and, more broadly, not to lose focus on the big IT picture. Continue Reading

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Some Windows XP enterprises not planning upgrades despite security risk

Despite Microsoft's repeated calls for enterprises to move away from its aging Windows XP operating system, data from one report indicates that more than a third of businesses using XP aren't planning to upgrade. Continue Reading

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Microsoft to continue XP antivirus updates beyond April 2014

The software giant has announced that customers running its Security Essentials antimalware software with its Windows XP operating system would continue to receive AV signature updates beyond the April 2014 cutoff for XP support. Continue Reading

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Windows XP end-of-life triage: XP security tactics

A Windows XP migration can't happen overnight, and many organizations find themselves having to secure XP in the interim, without XP updates from Microsoft. Is it even possible? While experts advise transitioning as soon as possible, this advice can help limit the risk until the migration is complete.

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How to use Windows Event logs to detect a targeted attack

Whether targeted attacks or opportunistic attacks, Windows Event logs can help spot intrusions into Windows XP systems. Richard Bejtlich explains how to collect the logs and parse the key data. Continue Reading

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ASLR and DEP: Two critical Windows XP security features

Learn about address space layout randomization (ASLR) and data execution prevention (DEP) and why any legacy Windows XP instance needs to have them in place to reduce the attack surface. Continue Reading

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Use EMET to harden Windows XP against attacks

Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) retroactively applies various security mitigation technologies to XP applications, blocking attacks that exploit common attack vectors, such as buffer overflows and memory corruption. Continue Reading

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Office 2003: Is it possible to stay safe after support stops?

Many enterprises are still using Microsoft Office 2003, but it has also reached its end-of-life date as of April 2014. Learn the risks of keeping it in place and how to secure it until an upgrade project begins. Continue Reading

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Windows XP end-of-life transition: XP migration planning

Whether your organization is fast-forwarding to its Windows XP upgrade or is already working on the transition, check out SearchSecurity's best advice on making the business case, choosing which OS to upgrade to and ensuring the process is as smooth as possible.

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Now is the time: Making the business case for a Windows XP upgrade

Avast Software claims a disproportionate percentage of PCs infected with rootkits are running Windows XP… in 2011. Since then, XP security has only gotten worse. Learn how to build the business case for an XP upgrade in your organization. Continue Reading

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Windows XP upgrade planning: Avoiding a panic

Expert Michael Cobb summarizes the importance of a high-priority Windows XP upgrade, and offers advice to avoid making mistakes during the scramble. Continue Reading

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Keys to a successful Windows 7 upgrade project plan

Many Windows XP organizations are moving to Windows 7. Learn about the two major changes in Windows 7 that should be considered before an enterprise-wide Windows 7 upgrade project plan can be implemented. Continue Reading

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A pre-implementation Windows 7 security guide for enterprises

Will the security features of Windows 7 make your organization more secure? In this short pre-implementation Windows 7 security guide, expert Michael Cobb details its security features. Continue Reading

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Analysis: Windows 8 security features top Windows 7 security capabilities

Many users may not like the dramatic changes in Windows 8, but expert Michael Cobb says there's a strong case to be made to skip Windows 7 and instead take advantage of the security features in the newer OS. Continue Reading

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