The clock continues to tick as the Windows 7 and Server 2008 End of Support deadline approaches. That means you have less than a year to upgrade your services to ensure that your system is fully supported. It’s time to talk to strategy. It might seem far away now, but before you know it, the deadline will be a few days away. By then it’s too late to think of a plan, you should already have one in place. Let’s start with the basics: dates to remember, how does this impact your security and some facts to remember.
Dates to remember: These are the final dates that these security updates for these versions
July 9th, 2019: SQL Server 2008 and 2008 RS
January 14th, 2020: Extended Windows7, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2
What happens when Microsoft’s Security updates come to an end?
No Security updates: Once Microsoft ends support there will be no access to critical security updates, opening the potential for business interruptions and loss of data.
Compliance concerns: As support ends, your organization may fail to meet compliance standards and industry regulations. This includes GDRP, PCI DSS, HIPAA, FIPS and FINRA.
Fact vs Fiction: Let’s tackle some myths when it comes to security, devices and cost.
Fiction 1: It seems like hackers mostly go after giant corporations. I don’t think they’d bother with my small company.
Fact 1: More than 50% of small businesses have suffered a data breach or cyberattack. Yes, you read that correctly. The average cost of each of those breaches? That number averaged $84,000.
Fiction 2: I’m worried that my Windows 7 apps won’t work on a new device.
Fact 2: We’ve got some good news! More than 99% of Windows 7 apps are compatible with Windows Pro. Windows 10 Pro builds on your current network and works with it.
It’s time to start thinking about your plan of action if your business is currently running any of these Windows programs. Ready to make an upgrade? CCR is here to provide support every step of the way. For more information, visit our website: Windows End of Support.
Written by: Marina Petz, Marketing & Social Media Coordinator.