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The real security lesson Windows XP taught us is to challenge our assumptions

The real security lesson Windows XP taught us is to challenge our assumptions: Windows XP was, and remains popular for individuals and organizations. Estimates range from 18-30% of systems _currently_ accessing the Internet use Windows XP.That means that despite the notice, extension, and dire warnings of negative consequences, a large number of individuals and organizations simply opted to stick with what they had.

It’s a curious finding.

An accepted “good” practice is to diligently review, test, and apply patches and updates to operating systems and applications. The number of people clinging to Windows XP suggests perhaps that this good practice needs a boost.

Or does it?

Contrast that experience with the reports surfacing this week that iOS 7 adoption is at 87%. Without question, this is not a direct comparison – especially given the difference between computers and servers versus mobile devices. And while there are other differences, the outcome is what needs to be studied. Exploring why the adoption of iOS 7 is taking off even as people cling to Windows XP is important. Understanding the differences in approach holds clues for future efforts at upgrades.

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