Security Roundup: 1 in 5 SMBs at risk due to Windows XP

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We take a look at the security risks one in five SMBs face, GCHQ’s plans to share cyber threat intelligence, and more.

A three-month study by Bitdefender has found that almost one in five small businesses worldwide are currently exposed to security risks as they are still using Windows XP.

“A few weeks after the end of support announcement, a new Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability turned into a permanent threat for XP users,” explained Catalin Cosoi, chief security strategist at Bitdefender.

“That was until Microsoft issued a patch that was made available for Windows XP users as well. However, this was an exception that shouldn’t make enterprises believe it will happen again, so the swift migration from XP is a must for all users.”

Elsewhere, the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has pledged to share cyber threat intelligence with the wider industry.

The cyber intelligence-sharing partnership will initially be limited to a select number of firms with ongoing government contracts.

Meanwhile, BullGuard has launched a special partnership with 20th Century Fox and its upcoming summer Blockbuster, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

An incentive programme will be available to BullGuard resellers and distributors who purchase BullGuard products during the promotional period.

Both existing and new resellers can enter the competition “Live like Caesar in Spain”, where one lucky winner and their guest can live like the lead character from the film in a luxury tree house hotel north of Barcelona for two nights.

In other news, research from Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab has revealed that it would take an offer of just one cent for users to agree to run malware on the machines.

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