Microsoft has recently announced it is ending support for several of their most popular business products in January 2020.

Don’t be fooled, it may still be a year away but to avoid any potential risks, incorporating it into 2019 budget is required. Without doing so leaves your business vulnerable to data and security breaches.

In the event your business is using any of the below-listed operating systems, it is imperative you factor the costs associated with upgrading software into your 2019 budget.

Desktop Software going end-of-support:

  • Windows 7 reaches end of support on Jan. 14, 2020.
  • Office 2010 on reaches end of support on Oct. 13, 2020.

Server software going end-of-support:

  • Windows Server 2008 and 2008R2 reach end of support on Jan. 14, 2020.
  • Exchange Server 2010 reaches end of support on Jan. 14, 2020.
  • SQL Server 2008 reaches end of support on July 9, 2019.

Failing to upgrade before the respective expiration dates to the latest versions will leave you with no future support or security updates from Microsoft.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of neglecting to upgrade, because why would anyone want to steal your data right? You may also feel that you can delay the upgrade because you have other layers of security in place protecting your systems which are no longer receiving security updates from Microsoft, which are released monthly.

Back to reality, it’s actually a monumental risk because it’s so easy to exploit the unsupported and unpatched operating systems. New versions of Microsoft software will receive regular patches, cybercriminals have the capability to reverse-engineer those updates to identify and exploit vulnerabilities that exist in older versions, and Microsoft operating systems are amongst the most used across the globe.

You need to look into both the operating systems and also, the hardware that they run on to make a well-educated monetary decision regarding upgrades and replacements. You might be thinking, you can just upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for roughly £100 but your desktop hardware is still older than 5 years. Be wise and simply replace the desktop with a new version running Windows 10. The cost can increase quickly depending on how many desktops you need to replace.

The decision not to upgrade the above server operating systems, which comprise both email and database functionality for many businesses, is an even riskier choice. By not upgrading, you are putting both your internal communication data and client records in jeopardy.

A review of your internal inventory now may well save you headaches this time next year.

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