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Windows 7 End of Support – may put your business at risk

Windows 7 was one of Microsoft’s most popular operating systems and many of us are still depending on it on a daily basis.  It’s estimated that  around one third of the world’s PCs and laptops are still using this system.  A significant challenge lies ahead for businesses throughout Scotland as Microsoft extended support for this product will end on 14 January 2020.  In effect, making Windows 7 obsolete.    Often businesses can be slow to upgrade to a new system.  The demands on both time and moneycan make this a challenge, particularly for SMEs.  Frequently,  businesses are running legacy systems, which depend on the old OS, so they delay upgrades.  Sometimes the system change can reveal a need for new hardware and also create a training need for employees.  These factors often combine to create a burden on the resources of a SME.

Not acting, however, is not an option – unsupported software will leave your business vulnerable to cyber security risks as Microsoft will no longer patch security flaws on this system.  For many businesses, inaction on this issue will mean they are no longer meeting compliance standards of regulatory bodies or accreditations they hold, including Cyber Essentials and ISO 27001.  Similarly, you will no longer be compliant with GDPR as you will be failing to protect personal data held on your system.

With just 6 months left to prepare, it is important to give this issue attention now.   Windows Server 2008 also reaches end of life in January 2020 and this will  create additional security risks for users that need to be addressed now.   When the end of life date arrives, both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008  will still work but will not receive security patches.  This leaves your network exposed and will provide an easy target for hackers with new viruses and malware which evolves daily.

How can you prepare?

We are currently supporting all of our IT Support customers across Glasgow and Edinburgh to prepare for the Windows 7 upgrade to Windows 10.  A smooth transition requires does take time and planning and requires you to:

  • Audit your system to locate machines which need to be updated
  • Identify legacy systems which are dependent on the older OS
  • Prepare a budget forecast and timeline for replacements
  • Complete an analysis and plan for any machines which cannot be upgraded
  • Create a staff training program

We can manage all aspects of this project for our IT Support customers from a system audit through to procurement, installation and training.

If you need advice on your Windows 7 upgrade, our friendly and knowledgable technicals consultants can help.  Contact us if you would like to arrange a chat about your requirements.

RedMosquito provide IT Support and IT Security Services to SMEs across Glasgow, Edinburgh and throughout Scotland.

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