It’s been a scary month for IT security — first the Heartbleed bug was discovered on April 1 and then a serious Internet Explorer vulnerability was discovered on April 25. The IE problem was so severe that the U.S. and U.K. governments advised people to use a different browser until Microsoft fixed it. Many of our clients have to use IE for certain applications, raising legitimate concerns about the security of their systems.
The software flaw creates a remote code execution vulnerability, meaning that hackers could secretly take control of an affected PC. Security experts discovered the bug when it was used to launch a cyber-offensive called Operation Clandestine Fox targeting government agencies, defense contractors, energy companies and banks. That’s why it’s called a “zero day” vulnerability — there was no time to defend against it before attacks began.
Microsoft has issued a patch for the bug, and pushed the fix out to PCs running Windows with “Automatic Updates” enabled. Due to the seriousness of the problem, Microsoft even released a patch for PCs running Windows XP. Support for Windows XP ended on April 8, meaning that Microsoft is no longer issuing security patches or updates for the operating system. This issue should serve as a wakeup call of the imminent threats to PCs running Windows XP.
What should you do?
- Check to see if the Atlantic-IT.net Hawkeye icon is in the system tray at the bottom of your screen. If it is, you can rest assured that our Support Center team has updated your system.
- If you are not an Atlantic-IT.net outsourced IT support customer, give us a call to learn how you can take advantage of this worry-free service.
- And if you still have PCs running Windows XP, please contact Atlantic-IT.net immediately. We cannot stress enough the risk that this unsupported operating system poses to your organization. We will be happy to assess your environment and put together a migration plan that meets your business needs with minimal disruption.
As your outsourced IT department, Atlantic-IT.net is here to help keep your business secure. Please let us know if we can answer any questions or be of further assistance.