End of Life = Beginning of Loss

End of Life for several Microsoft products could signal the beginning of data loss for customers.  Microsoft has recently made several announcements about End of Life (EOL) on some products that likely are still running in your environment.  Increasingly, an unpatched product no longer receiving security updates is a rich target for exploits or at minimum a compliance violation.  Let’s review 3 recent announcements from Microsoft and determine if your organization is at risk.

The following products will NOT have any software/security updates and will NOT be supported by phone/chat or additional support content.

Office 2007 / Office for Mac 2011 – These products will continue to operate as they do today and there is little danger to functionality loss.  From a security perspective, unpatched software in your environment is a clearly identified vulnerability as has been demonstrated repeatedly in the news lately.  In the wheel of people / process / technology, even effective patch management practices and smart people do not trump weak technology.  For further details on Office, review the Office 2007 End-of-Life Roadmap.

Windows 10 v1511 – After October 10, 2017, Windows 10 devices running version 1511 will no longer receive security and quality updates.  If you’re running v1511 (build 10586) or v1507 (build 10240), you potentially will have unaddressed vulnerabilities on those devices going forward.

The easiest way to find machines in your domain that might be out of date is to do a quick PowerShell query:

Import-Module ActiveDirectory

Get-ADComputer -Filter {(operatingSystemVersion -like ‘*10586*’) -or (operatingSystemVersion -like ‘*10240*’)} -Properties OperatingSystem,OperatingSystemVersion | select DistinguishedName, OperatingSystem,OperatingSystemVersion

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4035050/windows-10-version-1511-will-no-longer-receive-security-updates

NOTE:  the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (v1607) will be ending in March 2018. Options for all non-compliant versions include upgrading to Creators (v1703) or Fall Creators (v1709, due in mid-October).

If you need assistance developing a strategy for addressing these issues or to learn more, contact us at info@peters.com.  We are happy to help!

By |2018-12-18T11:35:16-05:00October 13th, 2017|Advisory Services|Comments Off on End of Life = Beginning of Loss

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Bruce is the Vice President of Business Strategy. In addition to client-facing roles, Bruce is responsible for operational excellence in areas such as marketing, product alignment, and vendor relations. Over the past 25 years, Bruce has always served in an advisory role for C-level executives, IT Directors and CISOs to ensure that business goals align with IT strategies and initiatives. Microsoft has recognized, trained and badged Bruce as an internal Microsoft resource to allow him full access to solution architecture, roadmaps and competitive guidance. Bruce has a focus on consultative education and helping organizations envision their future with justifiable rationale. He is sought after on speaking engagements including CIO roundtables, executive forums, and conferences. Bruce is a graduate from the University of Illinois (Secondary Ed.) and also holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School, with a credentialed security focus (CISM).