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Bit9 Free Webinar--Stay Secure Beyond Windows XP End of Life

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WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bit9, the leader in a new generation of endpoint and server security based on real-time visibility and protection, is sponsoring the free webinar Support for Windows XP is Shutting Down for Good: Stay Secure Beyond the End of Life on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

With the announcement of the end of life of Windows XP on April 8, 2014, Microsoft has started to sunset the official support of all versions of that widely used operating system. This puts businesses at risk from a security and compliance perspective. Unless organizations upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8, or choose to pay the high cost for XP out-of-band support, their XP systems will be at risk and vulnerable to attack.

In this webinar, Randy Franklin Smith of Ultimate Windows Security and Chris Strand, PCIP and Bit9 security compliance practice manager, will look at this critical situation and discuss what organizations can do to address security risks and compliance requirements for XP systems that they can't shut down the day Microsoft stops supporting them.

What: Free live webinar Support for Windows XP is Shutting Down for Good: Stay Secure Beyond the End of Life presented by security expert Randy Franklin Smith and compliance expert Chris Strand of Bit9
Who Should Attend: IT administrators and security analysts from organizations that depend on PCs and point-of-sale devices that run Windows XP and need to ensure system security and compliance once Microsoft support ends
When: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. EDT
Where: Click here to register

Attend this webinar and learn:

• What the end of support for Windows XP means for your organization's security
• What you can do if you can't get your XP systems upgraded or replaced by April 2014
• What you can do to address security risks and compliance requirements for XP systems that you can't shut down once Microsoft support ends

Many businesses, especially those with stringent compliance requirements such as retail (PCI) and health-care (HIPAA and PCI) organizations, will be significantly affected by the end of support for Windows XP. Leaving endpoints unpatched poses a risk to the businesses' security posture—by widening the threat window—and compliance program—by failing to meet the requirements needed to pass an audit and prove adequate security of in-scope endpoints.

Bit9 can extend the security window and protect XP machines after Microsoft support ends by hardening the system so only trusted software can execute. For organizations that are under a technical or business constraint and cannot upgrade, Bit9 provides an alternate layer of control (compensating control) that ensures that the business can remain compliant (i.e., PCI Requirement 6.1). Bit9 can be used as an additional compensating security control to regular patching and updates when they are no longer officially available from Microsoft.

About Bit9

Bit9 is the leader in a new generation of endpoint and server security based on real-time visibility and protection. Bit9 is the only solution that continuously monitors and records all activity on endpoints and servers and stops cyber threats that evade traditional security defenses. Bit9's real-time sensor and recorder, cloud-based services, and real-time enforcement engine give organizations immediate visibility to everything running on their endpoints and servers; real-time signature-less detection of and protection against advanced threats; a recorded history of all endpoint and server activity to rapidly respond to alerts and incidents; and real-time integration with network security devices such as FireEye and Palo Alto Networks. 1,000 organizations worldwide—from 25 Fortune 100 companies to small businesses—use Bit9 to increase security, reduce operational costs and improve compliance.

CONTACT: Kevin Flanagan Bit9 +1 617-393-7421 kflanagan@bit9.com

Source: Bit9