Not-for-Profit Enews Update: Have You Considered the Risk of Continuing Microsoft XP Use?

by Gavin Fox, CPA - Senior Accountant

April 24, 2014

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On April 8, 2014, Microsoft officially ceased support, service, and security updates for Windows XP. While home and office computers are still running, individuals and businesses should consider the security risks and compliance issues faced by continuing to use the now outdated operating system.

Any computer connected to the internet using Windows XP is subjecting your organization to undue risk. If your organization is accepting, storing, and/or processing credit card payments or maintains donor records or your own organization’s records on computers using Windows XP the data may be at risk. Continued use of the XP operating system will make your organization the low-hanging fruit for cybercriminals.

If your organization continues to use Windows XP, Microsoft has identified the following security and compliance risks:

1. Security: Without security updates your computers will be vulnerable to viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which could steal or damage your business data or information. Further, anti-virus software will not be able to bridge this void.

2. Compliance: Organizations required to comply with HIPAA or similar governmental or regulatory requirements may no longer satisfy compliance requirements.

The risks of continuing to use Windows XP, for both home and work settings, far exceed the cost of upgrading your software. If you have questions or would like advice regarding your organization’s IT vulnerability or upgrading your current systems, we would be happy to assist you!

If you have any questions regarding the article above or any other issue affecting your not-for-profit organization please contact your Blue & Co. advisor or e-mail us at or call us at 800-717-BLUE.