Microsoft has announced ‘end-of-life’ for Windows 7 and Server 2008 and will no longer provide support or security updates as of the January 14, 2020.

What does this mean for your business?

Security is the main issue.

When the end of life date arrives, you will still be able to use Windows 7 but without support or security updates.

Why does it matter?

You will still be able to use the operating system. However, Microsoft will stop security updates, leaving you at risk and with a choice to make.

The risks include:

  • More vulnerable to hackers
  • Easier target to any new viruses and malware
  • More risk of a cyber-attack and data breaches
  • Personal data will not be protected to the same level
  • Not compliant with GDPR, PCI-DSS and ISO 27001

This is not the first major Microsoft operating system to go ‘end of life’.

Windows XP did so in 2017 and it caused havoc in the NHS. ‘WannaCry’ Ransomware hit the NHS, causing widespread destruction to their computer systems. Patient records were lost, appointments were missed, operations were cancelled and ambulances were delayed. The ransomware was so effective because Windows XP had gone ‘end of life’ and Microsoft had stopped releasing security updates.

Our Recommendation

Both Microsoft and Lister IT are recommending that all computers and servers running either Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 are either replaced or upgraded before the end of 2019.

Support and additional services

Lister also recommends that you take this opportunity to review support models that are available to complement these upgrades.

We also suggest you assess whether additional services are required, such as virtualization, cloud, security and management.

For a free consultation to discuss your upgrade requirements, please contact Lister IT on 01453 840451 or email support@lister-it.co.uk.