[Faccus] Windows XP End-Of-Life

Jason Testart jatestart at uwaterloo.ca
Thu Jun 6 12:41:24 EDT 2013


PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO ANYONE IN YOUR AREA THAT PROVIDES IT SUPPORT FOR WINDOWS COMPUTERS.

On April 8th, 2014, the Microsoft Windows XP operating system will be at end-of-life status.  Operating system updates will not be available after this date.  This presents a risk to the university since any new security vulnerability that is discovered cannot be corrected, which will endanger the confidentiality, integrity, and/or availability of information in the university’s care.

I will be encouraging all members of the university who currently use the Windows XP operating system to work with you to begin planning their move to an operating system with longer-term support.  Upgrading to a more modern operating system may require upgrades to software and/or hardware, so please be sure to take this into consideration when planning.

The IST Information Security Services (ISS) group recommends a prioritized approach to migrating away from Windows XP:

  1.  Migrate computers used regularly by people where access to the Internet is frequent.
  2.  Migrate computers that offer services (e.g. file sharing) on the network.
  3.  Migrate remaining computers.
You should take this opportunity to review and rationalize the software installed on XP workstations since unpatched application software can present significant security risks.  To assist you in this effort, ISS recommends using the Secunia tools<http://ist.uwaterloo.ca/security/services/vulnmgmt/>.

There may be certain, rare, circumstances (e.g. specialized research lab equipment) where moving away from the Windows XP operating system is not possible.  In this situation, please contact the IST Security Operations Centre<mailto:soc at uwaterloo.ca?subject=XP%20EOL%20Advice> (ext. 31125).

Thank you.

jt

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Jason Testart, BMath, CISSP
Director, Information Security Services
Information Systems & Technology
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario CANADA
+1-519-888-4567 x38393
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