End of Life Approaches for Three Microsoft Products

If you haven’t already heard, Microsoft has announced End of Life for Windows 7 and Exchange Server 2010 on January 14, 2020. Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Extended Support ends July 9, 2019. 

When it comes to dealing with Microsoft products that are nearing the end of life, you should consider how you will either upgrade to a newer product version or mitigate potential risks.

After Microsoft releases a new product, it enters a life cycle start date followed by a mainstream support end date and an extended support end date. Once these dates pass, there will be no further updates to the Microsoft product and businesses that continue to use these products do so at their own risk.

What are the risks?

Well, if you are using outdated and unsupported products to run your IT infrastructure, manage, handle and store data, then the risks can be quite severe.

Cyber-attackers are continually targeting businesses and organisations that are known to be running old versions or outdated software. Back in 2017, there was a global cyber-attack that affected thousands of organisations across 100 countries. In the UK the NHS fell victim to this, and as a result, operations had to be cancelled, ambulances diverted and patient records became inaccessible.

This all occurred as a result of security updates from Microsoft that had not been rolled out across the NHS hence, they fell victim to the global ransomware-attack. It is also reported that at the time the NHS were still running Windows XP and variants of Windows 8 and Windows 10 making them vulnerable to attack.

Start budgeting and planning

Organisations are usually caught out with products entering the end of life as they don’t adequately budget for system upgrades. This usually means they continue to use unsupported versions, or they upgrade at the very last minute sometimes causing compatibility issues.

We strongly suggest that organisations start planning system upgrades in advance.

Find out more

Contact us to learn more about upgrading your systems. Our consultants will advise on your current infrastructure requirements and discuss your product life cycle with you as well as any potential compatible issues.

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