According to the 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report from Verizon, one in three breaches caused globally is due to unpatched software vulnerabilities. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008/ 2008 R2 operating systems are no longer receiving free security updates or support from Microsoft. What does this mean? What are the risks of running end of life software?
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Here are just a few of the many risks to be concerned about:
- Security Vulnerabilities – No more security fixes mean your OS is a minefield of security hazards. A firewall and anti-virus are not sufficient protection against unpatched vulnerabilities.
- Software Incompatibility – Software vendors stop guaranteeing compatibility with legacy OS.
- Compliance issues – Regulated industries such as banks and healthcare deal with sensitive data protected by law; a security lapse could result in big fines, company shutdowns, or jail time.
- High Operating Costs – Fixing bugs and maintaining End of Life software can out way cost of upgrading.
- Poor Performance & Reliability – End of Life and out-of-warranty devices are prone to break down and could drive up the cost of downtime.
In summary, End of Life software poses a huge risk to an organization. It can end up costing your business a considerable amount of money and lost productivity. Take action now to start upgrading before it’s too late!