The OS that would not die!

Halloween is not a big deal down under. Certainly when I was a kid, nobody celebrated halloween, but these days it is starting to pop up more and more. What does Halloween have to do with security you ask? Well it seemed quite apt that on Halloween night I saw this article from computerworld on how 48% of surveyed companies plan to run XP post Microsoft end-of-support in 2014.

Now if that isn't scary I don't know what is! While I can understand the pain in the need to to test applictions, run a pilot group, train users in a new interface and finally roll out a new desktop OS, I suspect it pales in comparison to getting your desktop fleet pwned by the first never-to-be-patched-in-your-OS vulnerability on April 9th 2014.

Don't get me wrong. I liked XP. It did what was needed and was a solid OS. It was rock solid enough to make it's successor, Vista, look like crap. I still have it running on one machine at home. But Windows 7 is no Vista. IMO it's worth the switch. Anyway by 2014 I doubt I'll even still be using Windows 7, (with plans for Windows 8 in 2012) let alone a 13 year old OS!

I don't care how much you 'like it', continuing to use WinXP post april 2014 for your desktops is just asking for trouble. Think about it.... a 13 year old OS. That's akin to using Windows 95 in 2008. Or continuing to use Windows 98 until next year.

Now that's scary!

Unisys Security Index

Unisys have released their latest security index reports which also have a break out section for Australia. While this report covers far moer than InfoSec (it includes items such as terrorism/national defence, health and financial security) there are sections on Internet Security, shopping & banking online and computer security (viruses and spam).

From their summary:

  • Six out of 10 (58%) Australians never secure their mobiles, PDAs or smartphones by using, and regularly changing, a password or PIN. Only 18% say they always secured their mobile device
  • Young Australians are protecting their identities online by limiting the information they post on social networking sites with 70% of 18-34 year olds saying they do it always, compared with only 44% of those aged 50+
  • The top two areas of concern for Australians are ID theft related: Unauthorised access to/misuse of personal information (56%) and other people obtaining/using credit card/debit card details (55%)
Australians are ending the year more relaxed than they started. The overall level of concern on key security issues, tracked by the Unisys Security Index, stands at 115 out of 300, down 8 points compared to April 2010. This reflects a drop in concern for all four areas of security with the biggest fall recorded for national security which has an index of 110 down 11 points since April.

What's interesting is the state-by-state comparion, with people in WA, NSW and VIC more worried (+7%) about internet security than those in SA and QLD.

Those over in WA seemed to be the most worried overall, topping the lists for all four sections: national security, financial security, internet security and personal security.

Still here!

Things have been quiet here at the Circus, as work and Uni have been in high gear alongside preparing for the CISM exam.

I will hopefully be back on a regular blogging schedule soon, in the meantime here is a gem from
Oh dear.

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