BYOD could solve Windows XP upgrade woes

BYOD could solve Windows XP upgrade woes

Businesses that have found themselves stuck using Windows XP beyond the end-of-support deadline on April 8th should consider the implementation of a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approach, experts have suggested.

Mark Brown, director of information security at advisory firm Ernst & Young, has stated that using BYOD would allow end users to leave the aged operating system behind faster.

He said: “BYOD potentially offers a fast track to upgrading outdated systems as employees, who tend to be using new operating systems at home, can thus increase the levels of protection provided to a business IT system.

“However, this will bring new challenges and risk as it moves away from safer, traditional enterprise IT platforms."

Microsoft has been urging businesses for several years to prepare for the ending of support for Windows XP on April 8th, a move that experts warn could leave firms no longer benefitting from security or software updates for their systems.

This development could therefore leave countless firms across the country open to hackers, viruses and performance issues.

Mr Brown added “Far too many businesses are asleep at the wheel over this issue and this could mean valuable consumer data could be at risk.”

He went on to add that the scale and significance of the threat to businesses meant the UK government would need to do more in order to confront the problem and raise awareness among business leaders as to the risks of not implementing the right level of protection.

“With only a month to go we now really need to see urgent action being placed onto establishing the business case to upgrade to newer operating systems such as Windows 7 or 8."

Figures from NetMarketShare suggest that the problem could affect many businesses all over the world, with just under 30 per cent of the world's desktop devices using the operating system.

According to the latest figures from NetMarketShare, Windows XP is still found on just under 30 per cent of the world’s desktop devices.