Windows XP End of Life Imminent
Microsoft has announced that support for Windows XP, first released in 2001, will be discontinued after March 2014. Microsoft will no longer provide security patches or other updates for this obsolete operating system. Accordingly, it is imperative that academic and administrative departments make plans to upgrade remaining Windows XP computers since they present an inviting target for cyber criminals. Once Microsoft ceases support, computers running Windows XP will be defenseless against new security threats and compromises.
To protect sensitive personal information that Cabrini stores and to protect the College from being used as a platform to launch attacks against others, it may be required that any computers still running Windows XP be removed from Cabrini network access and be unable to use Cabrini resources or the Internet after April 2014.
ITR will contact departments prior to this date with details regarding the computers that will need to be upgraded or removed from the network.
Some of these Windows XP computers might be very old. A subset of them will likely not be able to upgrade to Windows 7, which came out in 2009. Departments should plan for replacing old, un-upgradable computers before Microsoft's April 1, 2014 end-of-support deadline.
For more information, you can review an article from a trusted IT review publication illustrating the seriousness of delaying action, or you can contact ITR via ITRHelp@cabrini.edu .