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Microsoft Security Guide - Saying goodbye to Windows 7, Office 2010 and Server 2008

Microsoft Security Guide: In 2020, Microsoft is initiating end-of-support procedures for Windows 7, Office 2010 and Windows Server 2008

 

What this means is no more security updates and patches to keep your IT ecosystem protected from threats of hacking, viruses and malware.

While end-of-support for Microsoft products is nothing new, the current decision to end support for these Operating Systems and applications will have a significant impact on organizations.

According to recent estimates:

  • around 39% of users are running Windows 7
  • Office 2010 is still widely used and;
  • millions of apps still run on Windows Server 2008.

All of these Operating Systems and applications will become exposed to potentially serious risks within less than 12 months, which can cause catastrophic damage to mission critical business systems – just like the WannaCry attack.

WannaCry was a global ransomware attack that was launched in May 2017. The attack targeted computers running outdated Microsoft Windows Operating Systems. While Microsoft had released patches prior to the attack, much of WannaCry’s spread was from organizations that had not applied these updates, or were using older Windows systems that were past their end-of-life.

So, when is all of this happening, why is it such a problem and what can be done to protect your organization?

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