In 2020, some of the most commonly used business software is coming to the end of its life.
That means it will no longer be supported by Microsoft. So if there are any problems with it, they won’t be fixed. And it’s likely the software will be targeted by hackers.
Here’s a list of the affected software:
- Windows 7
- Office 2010
- Exchange 2010
- Small Business Server 2011
- Windows Server 2008
2020 seems like a long way away. But really, it’s not. And since upgrades can take months to properly implement, this is definitely not something you want to leave until the last minute. If yours is one of the hundreds of thousands of businesses that rely on this software – you need to act quickly and upgrade.
End of life software causes big issues. If it breaks it won’t be fixed. That makes it appealing for hackers. They can exploit the old software to get into machines, knowing no-one will stop them.
One of the requirements of GDPR is that organisations are supported by the right software. If yours is out of date, there’s no guarantee that your data is safe and that means your business will no longer be GDPR-compliant. After all that time you’ve spent getting your business GDPR ready, can you really afford to take the chance?
We call this the 2020 Problem and our short video below will give your some pointers on whether you need to act. And what needs to happen if you do: