Are you still running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 in your business? If so, are you aware that support is coming to an end is just 12 months?
On January 14, 2020 Microsoft will stop supporting these desktop and server operating systems. No further security updates will be released and any organizations still running these versions after this date are at serious risk. You can be sure that hackers will have plenty of offensive weapons ready to exploit any computer running these Windows versions once security updates and support expire. There are ample examples of this happening with prior versions, be it Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 to name just two.
Don’t wait and think that a year is plenty of time to plan. The time will fly by faster than you realize. How many times do you find yourself saying, how did we get to 2019 so quickly? I can’t believe it’s already April? It goes on and on. Take action now!
Make a plan, set a budget and establish a timeline to be sure that come New Year’s 2020, you no longer have any computers running Windows 7 or servers running Windows Server 2008 or 2008R2. Be sure you are on current operating systems like Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019.
Talk with your internal IT or outsourced IT partner and start working on your plan now. Have things in place by the end of the first quarter, to ensure that by the end of 2019, you are all set and running on the most stable and secure platforms available. You’ll be glad you did!