Effective from 14th January 2020 Microsoft is bringing several product lines to End of Life status. This means they will no longer be supported by Microsoft. Key products that will be affected are Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Server 2008, Microsoft Exchange 2010, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, and Microsoft Small Business Server 2011.
Microsoft’s decision to make these products End of Life means they will no longer be developing and delivering updates or security patches. Security holes are discovered in software all the time and are used by Cyber Criminals to hack into company networks, home computers and mobile devices. Microsoft does a good job of closing these hole as they are alerted to them, to prevent cyber-attacks, by issuing regular patches and updates.
Even though a product moves to end of life status, it does not mean that hackers and cyber criminals will stop trying to find new security holes, WannaCry was a good example of these exploits, where a global cyber-attack crippled the NHS, hit international shippers FED-EX and infected more than 300,000 computers in over 150 countries. The problem will not go away, with 2018 being the must disruptive year on record for cyber-attacks, and predictions for 2019 are that the problem will only get worse.
Organisations and individuals that continue to use unsupported software such as Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Server 2008 beyond their end of life date can expect to face an even greater level of security threat from cyber-attacks. So, it is the smart choice to plan ahead and upgrade your IT systems, always making sure you have the latest patches and security updates installed and having an effective Firewall and Internet Security package in place.
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