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UK government issues Windows XP end of support advice

The UK government has released a guidance document to give short-term mitigation advice for public sector organizations unable to fully migrate away from Windows XP prior to its end of support date (April 8th 2014).

‘Windows XP End of Support: Reducing Risk During Migration’ contains five sections entitled:

  • Migrate away from obsolete software
  • Short-term mitigations
  • Mitigations to reduce the scope for compromise
  • Mitigations to reduce the impact of compromise
  • Additional Considerations.

The actions described within the guidance will not fully mitigate the risks posed by a vulnerable operating system remaining in active service, say the authors, however they will help reduce the threat of a system compromise.

The focus of the advice is on Windows XP but the principles apply to any software which is approaching the end of its support period.

Read the document.

•Date: 5th February 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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