Security Alert: Windows 2000 Support Ends in July

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 02:06 PM gHale

Industrial control engineers need to review the security of their operating systems with support for Windows 2000 ending in July.
On July 13, Microsoft will end its Extended Support and Security Updates support for Windows 2000. Although Microsoft will no longer provide monthly security patches, new threats to Windows 2000—viruses, Trojans and other malware—will continue to emerge. These vulnerabilities could allow malicious users to view and copy sensitive data, crash a PC or even gain control of it remotely.
Upgrading to a new system is one option, but it is time-consuming and expensive. Another option is installing a defense-in-depth security solution.
Innominate, a Phoenix Contact subsidiary, just wrote a white paper detailing how a “defense-in-depth” security solution can protect a control system, even if the operating system no longer provides security updates.
The white paper, “Time for action in industrial automation: Support for Windows 2000 set to expire,” details key features to look for in a security solution. For more information, the white paper is available Phoenix Contact.

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