Preparing For “End Of Life”

Not quite as dramatic as it sounds, this is not a forum about Gravitas! But Windows 2007 & 2008 are fast approaching the end of their life as supported operating systems. So what does this mean for business? How are you preparing for it? Is it simply a matter of replacing all the outdated kit? Is that even practical? Or are you looking for other solutions?

This is a great and timely post!. Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 on 14 Jan so no new security fixes will follow, making Windows 7 users particularly vulnerable. The WannaCry ransomware in May 2017 spread through a flaw in the Windows Operating System affecting the unsupported Windows XP and others that had not yet applied the previously issued patch/security fix that would have protected them. Replace Windows 7 and keep up to date with all security patches. Tools available in our Update Your Defenses Toolbox. Be really interested to hear the views of our small business members and others on this topic!

Upgrade to Windows 10 asap! If that’s not possible then do not use a Windows 7 machine for banking or sensitive accounts - ideally not email either. Check the guidance provided by NCSC here in the UK if you are unable to migrate straight away: Obsolete platforms security guidance