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Five Steps to Mitigate Risks After Windows XP Security Updates End

  • Five Steps to Mitigate Risks After Windows XP Security Updates End

    Five Steps to Mitigate Risks After Windows XP Security Updates End-

    Reduce the privileges of your existing user accounts

    Oftentimes, the majority of exploits targeting desktop software, including Web browsers, Java, Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader, are mitigated when the user account is a standard user. When an organization tries to mitigate an existing user account to a non-administrative account, it becomes a disruptive task. Organizations should try to reduce the privileges of their existing user accounts.

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    Reduce the privileges of your existing user accounts

    Oftentimes, the majority of exploits targeting desktop software, including Web browsers, Java, Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader, are mitigated when the user account is a standard user. When an organization tries to mitigate an existing user account to a non-administrative account, it becomes a disruptive task. Organizations should try to reduce the privileges of their existing user accounts.

There is an increasing amount of buzz around Microsoft's upcoming plan to stop releasing security patches for Windows XP. While the majority of the noise is doom and gloom, it becomes important to look at this from a practical perspective to figure out what an organization can do to see itself through this transition smoothly and safely.

As hard as IT teams try, they may not be able to migrate all Windows XP machines to Windows 7. Whether it is due to holdout executives who try to avoid change, or to software on ATMs, point-of-sale systems and in critical infrastructures that currently only support XP, organizations will be left with a number of Windows XP machines after the drop date on April 8, 2014.

In this slideshow, AlienVault, provider of unified security management solutions and crowd-sourced threat intelligence, will examine the five steps that an organization should take in order to mitigate the risks, even after they stop receiving the Windows XP security updates.