The Ticking Time Bomb that will affect 1 in 3 businesses...

In January and October 2020, some of the most used software in the world will stop being supported by Microsoft.  I am sure you are wondering by now how this may affect you, and why you should be concerned.  Let me explain…..

Windows 7 and Office 2010 are very popular pieces of software and hold a high market share around the world.  Add to the mix Microsoft Server 2008, Small Business Server 2011 and Exchange 2010 and you have a recipe for potential disaster.

It’s worth pointing out at this stage that in January 2020 any machines running  the software mentioned won’t suddenly stop working, it’s just that they will no longer receive critical security and stability updates from Microsoft.  Over time any security vulnerabilities found within the software will not be patched by Microsoft and could therefore be exploited by hackers and viruses.

Remember the Wanna Cry infection that spread around the world last year?  That was all due to companies and institutions still running Windows XP, which is also no longer supported by Microsoft…….

So how do you know if you have any of the software mentioned above installed?  Take a look below at the icons, if any of them are familiar to you then you will need to take action.

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Windows 7

If this looks familiar take a look at the bottom left of your screen now, if you see the same image you are running Windows 7.

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Office 2010

If you see this gold coloured logo on your desktop, or in your start menu then you will need to take action.  Office 2010 includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access and Publisher.

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Exchange 2010

If you see this interface when logging in to check your emails then you are using Exchange 2010.

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SBS 2011

Small Business Server is used within many businesses as it controls your network, but can also host your website and email.  Be aware if you’ve ever seen this screen.

GDPR Compliance

I am sure you all still remember the panic back in May when the new GDPR (Data Protection) laws came into effect.  If you continue to run any of the software mentioned above after it becomes unsupported you will be in breach of the GDPR regulations as they state “companies must only use fully supported software”.  Not a big issue in itself, but if you sustained a data breach (which will be more likely running unsupported software) then the Information Commissioners Office will use this to build a case against you.

So what action do I need to take?

I am sure you are reading this thinking that 2020 is still a long way away, but now is the time to take action before the potential for hacks, viruses and data breaches becomes real.

We work with over 180 businesses in the area and are already upgrading their infrastructure to protect their systems, data and company reputation.

Your first step of action is to book a 15 minute call with myself, Jamie, so we can talk through whether your systems will be affected.  Please use the link below to start the process of securing your systems.  If you would like to read more about the Microsoft 2020 ticking Time Bomb please request a copy of our book from the link below.

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