Support for Windows XP and Office 2003 will end in April 2014. What does “end of life” mean for you?
Security, Security, Security!
Microsoft will not release any new security updates or service packs for Windows XP or Office 2003 after the deadline. Microsoft will also not offer Microsoft Security Essentials for download on XP systems, and cannot guarantee updates for the product if installed on an XP system.
No more security updates or patches and no more AV solutions for XP makes a very dangerous combination. Security experts have found that Windows XP is 6 times more likely to get infected by malware than other versions, and it will just get worse when support ends.
HIPAA Security Rule section 164.308 states that you should implement “procedures for guarding against, detecting, and reporting malicious software.” Running outdated and unprotected systems could be interpreted as failing to take reasonable precautions to protect the systems which store ePHI. An auditing body would likely find running outdated and unprotected systems a “control failure” on your organization.
Software and Vendor Support:
Software companies are dropping support for XP as they release new versions of software. Newer hardware may not work due to lack of driver and/or software support for the products. Do you still own hardware or software that will not run on anything “newer” than XP? Either you must isolate these systems from the internet via technical means, or update the hardware/software in order to run it on a newer Operating System. Each option has to be considered carefully, weighing the cost to benefits as well as the risks.
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