Government Technology Magazine recently published an article asking government agencies how they will handle the end of WindowsXP.

(Read the full article HERE)

The article states, “In about five months, Microsoft will discontinue support for the second most popular operating system of all time: Windows XP, which is second only to Windows 7. After April 8, any organization that wants continued support for Windows XP or Office 2003 will be required to pay a per computer yearly fee with a minimum buy-in of $500,000. With an estimated 31 percent of all computers in the world running Windows XP, it’s unlikely that every device will be transitioned to a modern operating system in time for the deadline. And with hackers now saving newly discovered XP vulnerabilities until after the deadline, intrusions are expected to peak in the spring for those who haven’t upgraded.”

Because of the logistical problems that the public sector faces when upgrading to newer equipment, many federal agencies will be left vulnerable. The Japanese government reported that it cannot afford to upgrade more than 200,000 of its systems off XP, which it projected would cost about $2.4 billion. In addition, in the U.S., it’s likely that at least a few unwitting or underfunded governments will get left behind and become vulnerable to attack.

There is no dispute that the end of the operating system will cause huge budget hits to both the public and private sector. Organizations are faced with the decisions on whether to replace or upgrade current equipment, or risk the inevitable security threats.

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