Support for Windows 7 and Server 2008R2 is Ending

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Support for Windows 7 and Server 2008R2 is Ending

Since late last year, many of our clients have moved, or are in the process of moving, their organizations from Windows 7 and Server 2008R2 to modern operating systems such as Windows 10 or Server 2019.

There is a sense of urgency among organizations because, after January 14 of 2020, Windows 7 and Server 2008R2 users will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates for these operating systems. This means that any new vulnerabilities discovered after the “end of life” will not be addressed by new security updates from Microsoft.

The risks of continuing to run Windows 7 and Server 2008R2 after its end-of-support date are significant.  The primary risk is that attackers will gain the advantage since they will have more information about existing vulnerabilities in Windows 7 than defenders. Those vulnerabilities will never be fixed, leaving the devices susceptible to malware, ransomware, and compromise. Just like petty criminals, attackers will prey on the easiest targets first and bypass those that have been hardened against attacks.

Hackers can exploit security weaknesses and bugs in older software in a wide range of ways. Remember WannaCry and Petya, the recent ransomware attacks? Attacks such as these are typically targeted to older software and operating systems.

While nothing is stopping you from using end-of-life or non-supported software, you still need to keep in mind these additional risks:

  • Missing out on new productivity features of which your competition is already taking advantage
  • Incompatibility with partners and customers that have already adopted the more modern software
  • Security breaches are at a higher risk with no further updates or bug fixes in the pipeline

Contact us if you would like to discuss any other technology challenges you may be facing. Our team of skilled technicians can advise you on the right solutions for your company.