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The Impending ‘Windows XP Disaster’

Many have warned about the impending ‘Windows XP disaster’, driven by hackers and cyber criminals looking to exploit those still using the Windows XP operating system. It looks like the ‘disaster scenario’ might come a little bit sooner than originally expected:
If you have not heard by now, Microsoft will end its support for its aging Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014. Many, still, have not upgraded equipment or migrated software to a newer operating system. Evidence is already mounting that the April date could result in mass chaos for companies still using this venerable, but outdated, operating system.
Jim Slick, President and CEO of Slick Cyber Systems, said, “I’m shocked and appalled that any business or institution would still be using Windows XP knowing the extreme security risks this will pose.” When talking with Jim it becomes abundantly obvious that he is passionate about security of his customers IT infrastructure. Jim went on to say, “Companies like Target have fallen victim to attacks from cyber criminals in the past few months and this is just a small precursor of things to come.” “The most targeted business of cyber criminals is small to medium businesses … just because you’re not Target’s size, doesn’t mean you are immune to these threats. In fact, it is a bigger problem for your small business because cyber criminals know smaller business’s more often than not run with less (or no) good security practice. These attacks, and the growing threat of cyber criminals, should have any consumer and ultimately every business concerned. Cyber criminals are already ramping up for XP attacks … if you have data on there, it will be compromised … it’ll be like a skeet shoot for them with absolutely no recourse for the business who was attacked”
[The End of Windows XP Support: What it really means for businesses? ] Jim went on to say, “Knowing that these threats exist underscores the importance of moving off of Windows XP now. You need to protect your customers and your business from threats like this, and the best place to start is to work with an IT partner that can quickly identify potential problem areas and design a solution to eliminate these potential risks.”
If a migration can be made now, do it. If not, consult with IT experts (like Slick Cyber Systems) that can help guide you in the right direction.

Slick Cyber Systems has been in business since 2002 providing quality sales, service, and support to businesses of all sizes. We are a member of the Better Business Bureau, the White Haven Chamber of Commerce, Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, Wilkes Barre Chamber of Commerce, and Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

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