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Windows 7 and server 2008

 

Time is up! The ship has sailed. As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft stopped providing security updates and support for PCs running Windows 7 & Server 2008. Apogee software Microsoft maintenance plan can help you from becoming a security target. 

Windows 7

Updating your operating system is critical to the safety of your PC. Leaving your computer running Windows 7 exploits your risk for viruses, bugs, spyware and beyond. 

You’ll still be able to run those Windows 7 systems, but they will be more susceptible to security problems and there will be no patches pushed out for these vulnerabilities. Failure to apply patches for known vulnerabilities exposes users to hacking and other invasions.

Microsoft will make security updates available for up to 3 years for business users who purchase Extended Security Updates and, if your company has not done so and still is running Windows 7, this should be a priority. Given that Microsoft has been issuing Windows 7 end of life support warnings for over a year, a breach resulting from a failure to upgrade would likely complicate compliancy audits -reasonable security” requirement. If you have invested in Cyber Security Insurance there is still a duty to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature of the information.

Let us know if we can help educate you further on your options or assist with upgrades in order to avoid the business impact of end-of-life Microsoft Windows 7 and Server 2008 security breaches. That’s it from here, take care and stay safe.

 

Server 2008

If you haven’t taken action to address the Microsoft warnings for the past year and your company is still running Microsoft Server 2008, time’s up. On January 15, 2020, Microsoft stopped pushing out security updates to Server 2008 R2 for free. You are still able to operate Server 2008 R2 systems, but it will be more susceptible to security problems and there will be no patches pushed out for these vulnerabilities. Failure to apply patches for known vulnerabilities exposes businesses to hacking and other invasions in to applications and server functions, because of the end of security updates, no software updates, and no tech support.

Microsoft will make critical security updates available for up to 3 years for business users who purchase Extended Security Updates and, if your company has not done so and is still running Server 2008, this should be a priority. Given that Microsoft has been issuing Server 2008 R2 end of life support warnings for over a year, a breach resulting from a failure to upgrade would likely complicate compliancy audits -reasonable security” requirement. If you have invested in Cyber Security Insurance there is still a duty to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature of the information.

In most cases an upgrade is less costly and more valuable for the business then buying Microsoft security updates. Let us know if we can help educate you further on your options or assist with upgrades in order to avoid the business impact of end-of-life Microsoft Windows 7 and Server 2008 security breaches. That’s it from here, take care and stay safe.

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