US Government Still Uses Windows XP
Mostly everyone has been a victim of some type of criminal activity. We’re not talking about assault or other types of violence here. We’re talking virtual. Cybercrime affects millions of people every year and saps away our time too. If your identity hasn’t been stolen, then maybe someone has tried to make charges on your bank account without your knowledge.
It’s all very unnerving and in 2014 there were 70,000 cybersecurity incidents, a new record. In the past, we’ve trusted the government to take on this colossal threat, but due to a recent report and increasing cyber threats, they may not be up to the task. A Pew Research Center survey found that less than a quarter of Americans seriously trust our government to get things done in the right way.
Brad Reifler wonders: What kind of computer system do you think the government uses? Maybe something more advanced than what we’ve seen? You may be surprised to know that the government still uses Windows XP, and that’s not even the worst part. The US Navy pays Microsoft 9 million dollars a year just to use this outdated system. So why can’t the government shape up? According to this report, the government wants a standard system, and Windows XP has gotten the job done in the past. On top of that, making a technology shift to something newer may cost them millions, perhaps even more.
Though the cost is high, don’t you think it may be worth the extra effort to protect their citizens?