Operating systems Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 have now reached the end of life. If you’re still using instances of either operating system are you safe?
When Microsoft products reach end-of-life, Microsoft officially withdraws support for the product. This means that Microsoft will no longer provide free security updates, patches or support for the product. If you continue to use end-of-life Microsoft products such as Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, then you run the risk of cyber-attackers exploiting vulnerabilities. Besides the high risk of cyberattacks, you also run the risk of encountering compatibility issues with newer technology and compliance.
Here are the risks you face if you continue to use unsupported versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008: –
- Compatibility issues with other software and hardware slowing down your organisation’s ability to remain competitive and innovative.
- Security risks – hackers are always looking for ways to penetrate your systems. Unsupported versions of hardware and software pose the risk of attackers exploiting vulnerabilities to gain access to your network.
- Downtime – system downtime results in the potential loss of work and productivity, costing your business even more money than initially upgrading your systems.
- Compliance issues – GDPR bounds every business, and if you operate in specialists sectors such as finance you have additional compliance to adhere too. Failing to meet these requirements can result in substantial fines from incorrectly storing personal data to keeping it secure and recording transactions.
Plan your upgrade
To find out more about upgrading your desktops and Windows Server, contact our specialists at MMRIT. We can help you with our strategic advisory services and assist with the planning, implementation and deployment.