Microsoft will end all support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 on January 14th, 2020. That may seem like the distant future, but updating critical IT infrastructure is an immense task, and one that your business continuity depends on.
End of life refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides support or system updates. Vulnerabilities in the operating system that are discovered after this date will not be addressed by Microsoft. Furthermore, Microsoft will no longer offer any type of support for the operating system. The fact of the matter is that it won’t be long before those systems are specifically targeted and exploited.
Windows 7 will continue to “function,” running your programs as usual (for the most part). But after January 2020, the operating system will no longer be as stable. Without security updates, any vulnerability discovered by the bad guys can be exploited repeatedly and aggressively. They will be scanning networks for these vulnerabilities, and they are practiced in exploiting them.
For our partners governed by HIPPA or other compliance regulations, this critical upgrade is also mandatory, and opting out could incur heavy fines.
What can you do?
It is time to start planning now. An operating system upgrade likely requires a new server and possibly new software. Each small business is unique, and that’s why our team is very serious about getting to know YOU and your business needs. There are different ways to approach this, and we offer consulting and solutions to fit your business and your budget. Our friendly team can help you maximize the value from your spend and support you through the transition. Don’t wait until the end of 2019 to begin thinking about this change. Being proactive is always more cost-effective in the long run, so reach out to us today!