In this article, Russell Smith discusses migration to Windows 7/8 and the various challenges of implementing a least privilege environment which ensures productivity without compromising on security.
The expiration of support for Windows XP in 2014 means that Microsoft will no longer provide free security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support, or updates to online help and knowledgebase articles.
As part of the migration to Windows 7, IT departments are choosing to implement least privilege security from the get go. But without the right planning and tools, productivity can suffer, calls to the helpdesk increase, and IT finds itself under pressure to reinstate administrative rights.
Not only is Windows XP a security liability, putting businesses at risk of data compromise or downtime caused by malware, but there are many benefits to be gained from the improved security in Windows 7, and Windows 8, that allow them to be more resilient to today’s threats out-of-the-box.
Microsoft's latest Security Intelligence Report (Sirv15), compiled using real-world data, shows that Windows XP encountered much the same level of malware as Windows 7 between January and June 2013, but that XP had an infection rate six times higher than Windows 8. The report shows that not only is Windows 7 considerably more secure than XP, but system uptime and reliability will also be improved by moving to Windows 7.