Requirements for Temporary Use of Windows XP After Aprili 8, 2014
- By Dean Jay Williams
Microsoft discontinued support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014, which means there will be no more security updates, even when significant security flaws are found and exploited. Because continued use of Windows XP can expose the University -- and one's own personal information -- to significant security risks, computers running Windows XP, whether UVM's or personally owned,
should not use the UVM wired or wireless networks, and must not be used to access University academic or administrative services.
You can tell whether a computer is running Windows XP by following these steps:
- click Start;
- right-click My Computer;
- click Properties
- If the computer is running Windows XP, that version will be indicated under "System" near the top of the window.
If you are still using the Windows XP computer, to lessen the risk of a security incident, it must meet the following requirements include:
- Ensure that virus protection is active and that updates are being installed automatically.
- Scan the system for viruses and other malicious software daily.
- Ensure that the Windows XP firewall is turned on.
- Do not use the computer to access UVM academic or administrative services, including email, calendar, PeopleSoft, Banner, Blackboard, MyUVM, and other systems requiring a UVM Net-ID login.
- Do not use the computer for non-UVM Web sites.
- If the computer is needed only for a function such as running specialized equipment, investigate disconnecting it from the network and transporting data via a portal hard drive or flash ("thumb") drive.
- If the computer absolutely cannot function offline, and UVM owns the computer, join it to the Campus domain or your college's Active Directory domain.
- If not joined to the Campus or college domain, be sure there are good backups.
- Shut down the computer when not in use.
- Provide the Information Security Operations Team, at firstname.lastname@example.org, of your plan for upgrading to a currently-supported operating system such as Windows 8, for replacing the computer, or for permanently disconnecting it from the network.
The Information Security Operations Team can help with your planning. If you have college or departmental IT support personnel, they should be involved, as well, since much of the burden of system transition and support may fall on them.
For more information about Windows XP and the risks posed by continued use, please see this News You Should Know article.
Thank you for acting to move quickly away from Windows XP.