22 Oct How will Windows 7 End-of-Life in January 2020 affect your business?
After January 14, 2020, your business could be at risk if you use Windows 7 machines. The computers you use at work will be vulnerable to ransomware attacks and data breaches. It is estimated that 60% of companies fold within six months of a cyber attack. You could possibly lose your customers and ultimately your business.
- How is Your Business at Risk?
Using outdated versions of Windows puts your devices in the firing line.
- Your business will no longer be secure
If you continue using outdated systems, your computers will be at the mercy of cyberattacks and data breaches. Windows will operate, but you will stop receiving security updates. The cost of a data breach has risen 12 percent over the past 5 years and now costs over $3 million on average. Imagine the havoc a cyberattack can create with an unsupported and unsecured version of Windows. Remember Wannacry and the impact on the NHS.
- You will risk losing customers
Various industry regulations like PCI, HIPPA, GDPR, etc., require all businesses to keep their systems secure. But without security updates, your computers will be vulnerable to risks, thereby being non-compliant to the industry regulations.
Free security and software support for Windows 7 ends on January 14, 2020. Which means Windows 7 will no longer be supported by Microsoft and your supplier will not be responsible for any kind of cyberattack and data breach.
In recent years, hackers have managed to compromise the BIOS, making the computer less secure. For example, after booting into the OS, ports may be left ‘open’ ie accessible to outsiders. The hackers would then have virtually free rein over the computer, the data it holds, emails both received and sent, passwords, contacts, financial details, passwords – who-knows-what.
UEFI is a chip containing BIOS software in computers. The UEFI standard was still in development when Microsoft released Windows 7, so it isn’t a fully secured OS in this regard and is therefore vulnerable to this type of attack.
Windows 10, in contrast, is fully-UEFI compatible and was designed with UEFI in mind.
Upgrading to the latest version of Windows ensures enhanced security, usability and speed.
IT Security is not now just a matter of anti-malware software. The industry is moving on and addressing ever-more sophisticated threats. To accomplish this, Clients must collaborate with suppliers to maintain a robust defense.
Please contact us to discuss making your systems safer… in good time.
We can offer replacement and upgrade options.
If you haven’t been warned about this already by your IT supplier, you should speak to us now.