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Microsoft ends Windows 7 & Server 2008 support: What should your business do?

Microsoft Products & Services | User Notice of End of Support Lifecycle in January 2020

On the 14th January 2020, Microsoft will be ending its support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 (R2) operating systems. Mainstream support ended for these operating systems in January 2015, and now Microsoft will stop providing security updates and patches for these operating systems as of 14th January.

Potential Impact 

This means that any new vulnerabilities discovered in either Windows 7 or Server 2008 (R2) will not receive Windows patches from Microsoft, and will remain vulnerable to attacks that exploit any newly discovered vulnerabilities.

Not only could this increase the business risk of security breaches (such as virus and malware) and incidents as a result of unpatched vulnerabilities, but it will result in vulnerability scan and penetration test findings, and potential compliance failures, where your business conducts these tests or is subject to supplier or client compliance requirements.

What options you have to ensure you are protected 

One possible option available to businesses is to migrate their Server 2008 (R2) servers to Microsoft Azure. Microsoft are offering a 3-year extension to critical security patches for servers migrated to Azure.

Alternatively, servers can be upgraded to the latest version of Windows Server, ensuring that production servers are always patches and protected from vulnerabilities

For Windows 7 operating systems users, upgrading to Windows 10 is the recommended route to ensure workstations and laptops are protected and compliant.

How we can help your business stay secure & updated:

Conosco recommends that you move to Azure and upgrade workstations to Windows 10 in January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.

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