As shared in volume 15 of the SIR report, more recent operating systems (Windows 7/8) are better hardened for security and can mitigate or prevent most attacks circulating today, with complementary defenses in place (i.e., AV, Firewall, safe user practices, etc)
If you need a strong supporting argument and five good reasons to upgrade, look no further than the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report v15 released today. All you need to do is CTRL+F this doc and search for Windows XP to see what I’m talking about. Here, I’ll help, as ripped directy from the SIR v15:
- 9.1 computers cleaned per 1000 scanned by the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) were Windows XP SP3 32-bit, more than any other system cleaned.
- Windows XP SP3 holds the top spot for infection rate (9.1 CCM) even though it actually has a lower encounter rate (percent of reporting computers) than Windows 7 SP1.
- The disparity between the two metrics above highlights the importance of moving away from older operating system versions to newer, more secure ones. Computers running Windows XP in the first half of 2013 encountered about 31 percent more malware worldwide than computers running Windows 8, but their infection rate was more than 5 times as high.
- #1 threat family affecting Windows XP SP3? INF/Autorun. Yes, that autorun, used by worms when spreading to local, network, or removable drives. Doesn’t work on modern versions of Windows in their default configuration.
- Windows XP extended support ends April 8, 2014. That means no more patches, people.
XP has been a beloved operating system for millions and millions of people around the world, but after 12 years of service it simply can’t mitigate the threats we’re seeing modern-day attackers use.”