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Security Updates on Windows 2000 to Cease in July

Innominate Security Technologies : 20 May, 2010  (Technical Article)
Innominate is warning users of Industrial automation systems which operate in a Windows 2000 environment that they are likely to become vulnerable after Microsoft withdraws update support for the operating system after July the 13th
Innominate Security Technologies is reminding users of Industrial Automation equipment utilizing a Windows 2000 operating system that Microsoft Extended Support and Security Upgrades will cease entirely on July 13, 2010. Any manufacturer utilizing the Windows 2000 operating system should urgently think about appropriate security measures now, to ensure security and continuous production.

New Windows 2000 vulnerabilities continue to be identified. In 2009, forty-eight security updates were issued, thirty-one of them "Critical."

While the obvious solution might be to upgrade to a newer operating system, this may involve significant costs and interruptions. Software upgrades within an operating production network commonly encounter unintended and unanticipated consequences.

A simpler, less expensive solution has already proven successful in the automotive industry, and on automated production networks using older Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT systems, as well as Windows 2000 and newer systems. This solution utilizes distributed "defense-in-depth" modules to create a scalable network of protection, installed by ordinary technicians without interrupting production, configured and launched easily from a central server console. The advantage is a low-cost hardening of the network by a simple and transparent installation of plug-and-play modules wherever required.

The clock is ticking, and there may not be adequate time for the planning, preparation and sweeping implementation of a new operating system. But there are proven security products available to provide cost-effective protection for industrial networks and equipment.
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