As of April 8th, 2014, support and updates for Windows XP, are no longer available from Microsoft. This fact has resulted in many people contacting our Security Operations Centers around the world, asking if this also means that Network Box will stop protecting computers running Windows XP. The following are the most common questions that have been asked with regards to this issue:
Will Network Box support Windows XP?
The short answer is that Network Box will continue to provide cyber security for customers running Windows XP.
What about the recent Microsoft Internet Explorer vulnerability?
As a Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) partner, Network Box is given access to information on the latest zero-day threats and vulnerabilities, and provides virtual patching at the gateway, before the public is even aware any security issues.
This was illustrated with the recent zero-day vulnerability which affect all versions of Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. Working in partnership with MAPP, Network Box Security Response PUSHed out in real-time, NBIDP (IDS and IPS) signatures to Network Box systems running NBIDPS. These signatures provided virtual patching at the gateway, and kept client networks safe from becoming compromised.
Does Network Box secure other systems?
Network Box not only partners with Microsoft for threat intelligence gathering; but works with more than seventy relevant companies and organizations, to keep client systems as secure as possible.
An OpenSSL vulnerability known as the Heartbleed Bug, affected nearly two thirds of the Internet’s servers. This vulnerability causes servers to leak their stored data, to reveal not just personal data such as emails, instant messages, and files; but the primary and secondary SSL keys such as usernames and passwords. Once again, Network Box systems were NOT affected by the Heartbleed SSL Zero-Day Vulnerability, due real-time virtual patching.
Should I upgrade?
At Network Box, we provided comprehensive 24x7x365 cyber protection for our customers, regardless of the operating systems or applications being used. Over the years Network Box has been providing real-time protection at the gateway using patented PUSH technology, which automatically updates and installs security patches to every Network Box system across the globe in an average time of less than 45 seconds.
However, this does not mean Network Box recommends never patching, or upgrading, operating systems and applications protected by Network Box’s Managed Security Services. As Microsoft themselves point out, Windows XP is over twelve years old. Technology marches ever forwards, and twelve years is a very long time in the world of computing.