When all efforts go into protecting business assets, it seems unlikely that the biggest threat to security could already be inside your business. Out of date, unpatched software is one of the things hackers look for when they prowl the internet, and your Windows Server or Windows desktops could be the invitation they have been waiting for. Data is one of the most valuable assets we have, along with the hardware and software that manages it
The Problem With Windows
Windows Server and Windows Desktop software is, generally, an excellent solution for any business. It is built for enterprise performance, and its security is second to none – providing it is kept updated. Microsoft’s update services for Windows Server and Windows Desktop keep software up to date automatically, at least while the product is current.
However, businesses can only count on Windows if it is well maintained and up to date, and that is where things get tricky. If Microsoft puts a product into an End of Life (EoL) phase, it is a sign they need to take action fast.
When Microsoft completely drop off products from its support schedule, there will be no patches and no protection against new threats. If businesses are complacent about the potential consequences, they could find themselves with an expensive mess to clear up when hackers discover their old, unpatched server or desktop. Moreover, there is consequences way beyond data loss.
Compliance and Risk
Some industries attract much bigger compliance worries than others. While a small start-up need only protect a few hundred customer records, a large bank or insurance company has a much bigger client base to protect.
It is not just about usernames and passwords, either. There are myriad complex regulations covering consumer data, particularly in finance and medicine.
If any business is still using old versions of Windows, and there’s attack on the server or PC, they are vulnerable, and they only have themselves to blame. If the breach reaches the Information Commissioner’s office, there will be huge fines to pay and the likelihood of negative media attention.
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