APRIL 11, 2014
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In This Issue

Security Spotlight
The Old with the New: Data Breaches May Lead to Phone Phishing

Security for Home Users
Newly Discovered Android Bug “Bricks” Devices

Security for Business
Windows XP Is Dead: How Do Enterprises Move On?



Security for Business

Windows XP Is Dead: How Do Enterprises Move On?

From its launch on October 25, 2001, it has been a practical and reliable business machine OS of choice for 12 years, 5 months, and 2 weeks. What happens now?”



April 8, 2014 marked the day that Microsoft ended support for Windows® XP. From its launch on October 25, 2001, it has been a practical and reliable business machine OS of choice for 12 years, 5 months, and 2 weeks.

A Cause for Alarm

Windows XP’s retirement is a cause for concern because it remains in use in one in five PCs to date. Why? Newly discovered vulnerabilities in Windows XP will no longer be patched nor documented and acknowledged by Microsoft. This presents two opposing futures—risks associated with the OS’s use will increase because cybercriminals can now hunt for and exploit bugs carte blanche but because more users will upgrade to newer OSs, decreasing the XP user base, cybercriminals will be less motivated to exploit it.

Allaying Fears

Without any evidence pointing toward either potential future, business owners should still realize that security is key in uncertain times.

Trend Micro will continue to provide customers the necessary tools to anticipate and manage risks that threaten to plague Windows XP systems. The most valuable of which, of course, is virtual patching/vulnerability shielding, something that Trend Micro products like Deep Security and OfficeScan™ with the Intrusion Defense Firewall (IDF) plug-in can do very well. By scanning and inspecting network traffic before they even reach applications, business owners have an opportunity to protect servers and endpoints.

Hardening endpoint protection is also a viable solution. Endpoint security software will still protect systems if it continues to be updated, which Trend Micro will do for Windows XP until 2017. Limiting the number of applications that run on Windows XP-based machines can also help, a function that Trend Micro Endpoint Application Control provides.

Final Message

Microsoft’s end of support for Windows XP is a valid issue to be concerned about but it can be prepared for. A lot of tools and expertise are available to let you use Windows XP a bit longer until your company is ready to upgrade. For more information on this, read “Managing Your Legacy Operating Systems.”

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