Cyber criminals are extremely interested in any flaws with IT software. Fortunately, developers are normally committed to providing essential security updates for the vast number of devices indispensable to most businesses.
In line with the commitment they made at its launch ten years ago, Microsoft has now withdrawn its support for Windows 7, looking to focus its energies on other technologies. This means any flaws will no longer be fixed. As such, the 26.8% of worldwide PCs* that use this operating system are now much more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Hackers are probably delighted.
With the Government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme and the internationally-recognised ISO 27001, there are methods to help businesses protect their digital capital better. Whether or not your business holds one of these Standards, if you use Windows 7, you are strongly advised to upgrade to Windows 10 or another supported system.
Will your computers stop working if you continue to use Windows 7? No. Your PCs will still work as they always have done. You’ll be able to operate business as usual. But your confidential, sensitive documents will not be as safe as they used to be if they are stored on a machine that is connected to the Internet. You will become more and more exposed to malware and data breaches.
Microsoft is recommending that businesses upgrade as soon as possible. This will likely include replacing PCs, to ensure that they have capacity to support later Windows versions.
If you haven’t yet taken action, now is the time to consider the options for your business.
To learn further ways to protect data held by your company, see more about ISO 27001 here.