Windows XP is Dead: 3 Strong Reasons to Refresh with Mac OS X

Windows XP is Dead: 3 Strong Reasons to Refresh with Mac OS X

Microsoft announced that as of April 8, 2014 it will no longer support Windows XP. If you work at one of the 67% of organizations that are still on XP, now’s the time to step up and refresh your aging systems. And you don’t need to default to Windows 7 or 8 just because you’ve always used Microsoft.

Twelve years ago (when Windows XP was first released), Mac® computers would not have been viable for most organizations. However, Apple® has since made Mac a business-ready option that allows you to take advantage of the latest mobile and collaboration technologies, while integrating seamlessly into a PC world.

Here are three reasons why you should consider a Mac for your next refresh.

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Avoid damaging data loss with full disk encryption [Symantec]

Today data is everywhere — whether you’re carrying it on a laptop in your briefcase or on a USB stick in your coat pocket. And it’s being accessed and used by employees, customers and partners, in the office and on the go.

At the same time, endpoints are more vulnerable than ever before, with a constantly changing threat landscape that extends beyond viruses. The number of ways we can store and share information means all the devices that make our lives easier also become critical points of failure for an organization.

With increasingly mobile workforces, it’s important for a security solution to protect data outside of the office. That solution should address a diversity of devices, from laptops to smartphones to tablets to USB sticks — as well as the various applications running on those devices.

Oftentimes, however, there’s a disconnect between what organizations need to protect against data loss and what they think they need to protect. [Read more…]

The good old days are over. Find out the new rules of security. [Sophos]

Each day, the media reminds us constantly of the risk involved with using the web & devices that allow us to connect with each other. But ultimately, it is the job of IT professionals to act as guardians. Once upon a time, these professionals only needed to worry about straightforward virus attacks. But times have changed, and what was once a leisure activity of a small group of IT marauders, has become a multi-billion dollar business.

Now that organized criminals relentlessly troll for vulnerabilities, the risk is high for any organization that uses technology in ordinary and legitimate ways. When using multiple platforms, on multiple devices, in multiple networks, organizations must update their protection beyond traditional antivirus, even when exposure lies in routine situations.

Letting your guard down can have dangerous consequences.

Sophos, a world leader in IT Security, has just released a new version of their award-winning software, Endpoint 10. Built to give your organization even better protection against malware infection and data loss, Endpoint 10 is complete security that environments of all size can implement. [Read more…]