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SECURE VIRTUALIZATION PLATFORM FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE A Comprehensive Approach to Security with Titanium Cloud AN INTEL COMPANY ™ WHEN IT MATTERS, IT RUNS ON WIND RIVER ENTRUST WIND RIVER TO SUPPORT YOU THROUGH WINDOWS 7 END-OF-LIFE ARE YOU PREPARED FOR WINDOWS 7 END-OF-LIFE? From oil and gas to heavy equipment and manufacturing, industrial systems rely on embedded devices that run on Windows ® 7. However, on January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will reach end-of-life and thus will no longer be supported by Microsoft. 1 Running unsupported versions of Windows is incredibly risky, because vulnerability to the latest security threats grows exponentially with time when the operating system is no longer receiving regular patches. The logical next step is to upgrade to Windows 10, the latest version supported by Microsoft. However, this might require replacing older processors and internal hardware in various industrial machines and systems that are not able to run directly with Windows 10, creating a significant expense that most companies would rather not incur. 2 For example, in the banking industry, the need to replace internal hardware for upcoming Windows migration in ATMs is a $4–$6 billion problem. 3 As Windows 10 has already been in use for five years, assuming the typical 10-year Windows operating system lifecycle, upgrading now would leave only five more years before the need to upgrade rises again. 4 Clearly, companies need a way out of this cycle. WIND RIVER PROVIDES WINDOWS MIGRATION OPTIONS TO SAVE COST, EFFORT, AND TIME Wind River ® can offer a better approach, providing two options to save cost, effort, and time, without putting your business at risk. Keep Current Hardware While Also Running Windows 10 Adding Wind River Linux ® and a hypervisor into the software stack allows the existing hardware in embedded industrial devices to be able to run Windows 10. The hypervisor runs on top of Wind River Linux, and Windows 10, with its 64-bit drivers, runs as a guest in a virtual machine (VM). Wind River offers an open source, commercially supported version of Linux targeted at embedded devices, in addition to long-term support that includes kernel patches and ongoing security monitoring. Windows ® 10 Guest Virtual Machine Industrial Application Hypervisor Hardware Board and Peripherals Wind River ® Linux ® Figure 1. You can run Windows 10 as a guest in a VM running on Wind River Linux, using your existing hardware. This solution can help reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) by circumventing the need to upgrade to a motherboard that supports Windows 10, in addition to avoiding the need to re-architect applications. All Windows 10 functions work as designed, with no performance degradation. Choosing this solution can help prevent the need to send IT workers to remote locations for major hardware upgrades or monthly Windows patches, because there is an over-the-air option. Additionally, this solution can run both stacks side by side while implementing and testing the replacement. When it comes to security, Wind River Linux offers advanced security measures, including secure boot chains, advanced hard-disk encryption, white-listing, and product attestation. These measures better protect devices with natively integrated hardened security at no additional cost. In addition, by using VMs, there is the potential for a significant reduction in new software How Wind River can help industrial systems circumvent the endless cycle of Windows migration Solution Brief AN INTEL COMPANY ™

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