Back in 2014, Microsoft discontinued support for Windows XP. Unfortunately enough, some ATM machines around the world is still running Windows XP, which isn’t secure at all as Microsoft isn’t supporting the OS anymore. Fortunately though, most of the ATMs have updated to Windows 7 already – however, the ATM Industry Association is skipping to Windows 10, bypassing Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. The CEO of the ATM Industry Association, Mike Lee stated:
“ATM deployers should start their 2020 migration without delay, as ATM hardware purchased now will still be in use when support for Windows 7 OS ends in that year. This means terminals would need to be upgradeable and compatible with the next big operating system. It’s important to know which ATM configurations are going to be Windows 10 compatible.”
“We expect there to be some parallel trajectories in future with a mainstream solution adopted by the majority of deployers — probably Windows 10 in our view,” Mike Lee added. The ATMIA has also noted the benefits of upgrading to Windows 10, which unsurprisingly includes security features:
- increased protection against malware and other forms of cyberattack;
- avoidance of known issues with the Windows 8 platform;
- provision of periodic service packs for longer life; and
- accommodation of the new Microsoft philosophy of “a single Windows for everything” approach.
The ATMIA is also recommending to upgrade ATM machines that are still running Windows XP to Windows 7 as there are security risks. What do you think about this? Discuss in the comment section below!
Thanks, Rajan A. for the tip!