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Best Practices for Secure Use of XP After Support Ends

Published: 07 April 2014

ID: G00259387

Analyst(s): Neil MacDonald


Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows XP. Organizations that have not completed their migration off Windows XP can still take specific steps to continue to use XP with tolerable risk.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Best Practices
    • No. 1: Restrict Network Connectivity to the Minimum Possible
    • No. 2: Implement an Application Control Solution and Memory Protection
    • No. 3: Remove Administrative Rights
    • No. 4: Address the Most Common Attack Vectors — Web Browsing and Email
    • No. 5: Keep the Rest of the Software Stack Updated Where Possible, Including Office
    • No. 6: Ideally, Disable USB Ports and CD/DVD Drives
    • No. 7: Use an IPS to Shield XP Systems From Attack
    • No. 8: Monitor XP Systems for Indications of Compromise
    • No. 9: Monitor Microsoft
    • No. 10: Monitor Community Chat Boards and Threat Intelligence Feeds
    • No. 11: Have a Predefined Process Ready If an XP Breach Occurs
  • Alternative Approaches and Considerations
  • What About Embedded Systems That Use Windows XP?

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