What It Means
Microsoft is ending its support for Windows 7, including all feature updates, security patches and upgrades, on January 14, 2020. After that date:
- Security will become a problem. After Microsoft ends its Windows 7 support, it will no longer address any vulnerabilities, bugs, or security issues that may arise. Data and applications running on Windows 7 after its end of life date will be at risk.
- Systems may no longer be compliant. Because Windows 7’s end of life signals an end to its security, businesses that continue to use Windows 7 after support ends may not comply with policies like GDPR, HIPAA, PCI and others.
- Your business will be at risk. Mission-critical data, personal information and business functionality will all face significant risk if running on Windows 7 past its expiration date.
Who It Affects
Microsoft’s end of support for Windows 7 affects any business running the Windows 7 operating system. Businesses using Windows 7 should start planning for end of support now to avoid privacy, non-compliance, functionality loss and security risks.
How to Protect Your Business
To help businesses avoid the risk associated with Windows 7’s end of support, Peters & Associates offers end of support services to help businesses proactively prevent security and functionality risks. Our end of support offerings include:
- Cloud Migration Services
- Patch Management
- Vulnerability Assessments
- Cyber Security Training
- Managed Services
90% of data breaches are preventable by keeping up with operating system and application patches. Learn more about how Peters & Associates can help you stay up-to-date and secure as you prepare for Windows 7’s end of support.
While we can help you manage Windows 7’s end of support, we recommend a more comprehensive solution that helps ensure security, compliance, and functionality long-term. Our PULSE managed IT services remove the hours and operational burden of IT management from your team and put it in the hands of our full-time experts. Learn more about how PULSE managed services can help ensure ongoing optimized IT.