Businesses using Windows 7 are at risk of cyber attack

16 April 2019, 11:55 BST
By Adam Flynn

The deadline is now imminent for Microsoft to end of extended support on Windows 7. Any business that has not updated to Windows 10 by the 14th January 2020 deadline is leaving themselves at considerable risk of viruses or cyber attack.

EBC Group is recommends that if you haven’t already updated to Windows 10 you contact your IT provider with immediate effect because they are unlikely to be liable in the event of a security breach caused by failure to update from Windows 7.

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There are a number of business benefits to moving to Windows 10, including improved functionality and enhanced security, with a focus on protecting businesses from cyber attacks such as Ransomware. If you would like to discuss your requirements and see how EBC Group to help you, please get in touch.

Below are the facts regarding the end of life support for Windows 7.

What’s happening with Windows 7 support?

Microsoft announced at the start of 2019 that it was stopping support for Windows 7 in January 2020 and thousands of UK businesses are leaving themselves at risk if they don’t update before the deadline

What does it mean for an organisation that is still using Windows 7?

End of Life (EOT) for Windows 7 menas the end of support, with no further patches released and the end of monitoring and updates. This means the Windows 7 will no longer receive security updates, bug fixes and any other support.

Updates: No further patches or updates will be developed or released after the end of support (there were-almost 100 critical updates have been released in 2018.

Compliance: Your organisation will not meet with many industry wide compliance standards and regulations, such as Cyber Essentials.

Cyber Security: With no further security patches released your organisation will be vulnerable to security threats.

The security vulnerabilities should not be under estimated, with no security patches released your organisation vulnerable to cyber security attack and other viruses. High profile viruses such as WannaCry ransomware which affected the NHS were caused by a virus attacking organisations running Microsoft Operating Systems that had not been kept up-to-date. The bottom line is that any business or individual using a workstation or server that is operating Windows 7 in January 2020 will be in be putting themselves in jeopardy.

What should you do?

So if your organisation is still using Microsoft Windows 7 you need to upgrade to Windows 10 with immediate effect. If you current PC or laptops aren’t compatible with Windows 10 you will need to look at upgrading your hardware.

If you’re unsure which systems and applications your business is running or whether cloud could provide you with a better alternative ask us for a free IT audit.

Windows EOT Dates

Microsoft Office:

  • Office 2010 – October 13, 2020
  • Web Apps Server 2013  – April 11, 2023
  • Office 2016 – October 14, 2025

Microsoft Windows:

  • Windows 7 – January 14, 2020
  • Windows 8.1 – January 10, 2023
  • Windows 10, version 1709 – April 9, 2019

Microsoft Windows Server:

  • Windows Server 2008 – January 14, 2020
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 – January 14, 2020
  • Windows Server 2012 – October 10, 2023
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 – January 10, 2023
  • Windows Server 2016 – January 11, 2027

Microsoft Exchange Server:

  • Exchange Server 2010 – January 14, 2020
  • Exchange Server 2016 – October 14, 2025

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