How Will Windows 7 End of Life Affect Your Business?

Post January 14, 2020, your business could be at risk. The computers you use at work could be vulnerable to ransomware attacks and data breaches. 60 percent 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Using outdated versions of Windows can put your devices at risk.

  • 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If you continue using outdated systems, your computers will be at the mercy of cyberattacks and data breaches.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 $3.92 million on average. Imagine the havoc a cyberattack can create with an unsupported and unsecured version of Windows.

  • 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. This standard was still in development when Microsoft released Windows 7, so it isn’t a fully secured OS in regard to UEFI, 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 a newer 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 defence.

Please contact us to discuss making your systems safer… in good time..