Upgrading from Windows XP


Upgrading from Windows XP

When it comes to owning your own business, it is important that you keep all of your hardware in the office up to date to protect yourself from potential threats.  As mentioned in previous blog posts, Microsoft is discontinuing support of Windows XP. Many businesses use this operating system and now have to make the important decision as to whether or not they are going to continue to use this system.

According to InfoWorld, “Despite the compelling arguments for migration from Windows XP to Windows® 7 or Windows 8, some organizations, for a myriad of reasons, still may not make the switch. But, in addition to the issues noted above, there are other substantial costs associated with forgoing a migration.

To start with, the cost of a breach can be substantial. A recent information breach at Idaho State University that was covered under HIPPA compliance requirements resulted in a $400,000 payment to settle the violations. In addition, it is estimated that the cost of notifying those impacted, among other remediation activities, added another $200,000 to the bill. There are also substantial reputational and public relations costs related to breaches. A single breach can impact a company’s ability to attract new customers and retain existing ones. ”

If you are looking to upgrade the operating system in your office, contact Marcus Networking at 602.427.5027

Source: InfoWorld. August 2013. “Windows XP: A compliance and risk nightmare in April 2014”.