Windows 7 has gone end of life on Jan 14. This means that Microsoft will no longer be updating the system with fixes when a security vulnerability is found. The company is urging users – both consumer and enterprise – to update their systems to the latest operating system: Windows 10. That means that if you continue using it you stand a risk of a real-world attack that can come from unpatched vulnerabilities in an out of date operating system.
This could be devastating for your business resulting in downtime and possible data losses.
WannaCry is a perfect example of what kind of devastating effects an unpatched, out-of-date operating system can have. The attack leveraged the EternalBlue vulnerability as an entry point, then spread laterally across organizations. Microsoft had issued a patch, but organizations that hadn’t applied it or were running out-of-date operating systems, like Windows XP, were still vulnerable. WannaCry went on to infect companies of all sizes and industries around the world, causing millions of dollars in damages. In some cases, organizations did not even realize their operations still relied on Windows XP, until an affected machine seized somewhere, causing disruptions. Microsoft ultimately stepped in and issued an unusual emergency patch for the operating system.
You can decommission the equipment or 9/10 times we have found that adding more memory and a solid-state disk with a fresh install of Windows 10 can breathe new life into an old machine extending the lifetime of that pc.
We finished the last of our customers this week. They were running a bespoke software package that wasn’t compatible with Windows 10 and we couldn’t upgrade until the vendor released an update for their software.
If you would like to know more about the risks or would like assistance upgrading – please contact us here!