You may not have realised, but last week, January 14th to be specific, was a huge day for IT, Microsoft and its customers. As of January 14th, Microsoft ended its support for the Windows 7 (Win7) operating system.
“One of the most important things you can do to protect your computer is to regularly update the operating system”.
What does this mean for you?
For organisations without extended support, this means they’ll no longer get security patches for their operating system on all machine’s using Windows 7. Hackers frequently take advantage of unpatched vulnerabilities in operating systems, including Win7, to launch attacks which could have a devastating impact on a business. These impacts can range from temporary or permanent system unavailability, to data leakage, which we see reported in the media all too frequently nowadays, and also potential fines as a result of GDPR breaches.
Cast your mind back to 2017 amidst the WannaCry ransomware virus. The damage this caused the NHS and many other businesses was catastrophic and affected hundreds of healthcare providers and resulted in thousands of cancelled appointments. It was found that all the health care providers affected by the virus had unpatched or unsupported Windows operating systems and that most of the computers had unpatched Windows 7 operating systems.
Our estate upgraded
At a recent A&O senior leadership meeting I was delighted to have the ability and facility to inform the business that our IT estate had all been upgraded to Windows 10, complete with the latest patches and antivirus installed. At A&O it is vital to our business and our clients that our technology is second to none from both an operational and credibility perspective. As such the importance of good practice and cyber integrity has never been greater.
Internally we have invested heavily in our A&O ‘One-Solution’ toolset to manage our entire server, desktop and laptop estate, allowing us to manage, view and update all of our assets (local and remote devices) from one screen and in real-time. This setup automatically pushes the latest patches and antivirus to them in a swift and simple manner. Smart methodology combined with sophisticated technology.
“For my team and I, planning our Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration was easy because we can view exactly what operating systems exist on our network at the touch of a button.”
Check out Rod Moore’s (our group CEO) blog from last month to read further on migrating to Windows 10, and how simple it can be for your business.
We are IT experts managing our clients’ IT networks, cyber security framework, as well as migration projects. Call us to see how simple your Win10 migration can be.
Head of Technology, A&O IT Group
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About A&O IT Group
One of the world’s leading global IT services providers, A&O IT Group deliver ‘fully managed’ IT solutions and cyber security services. Combining over 50 years’ experience, expertise, and boasting an extensive global network, whilst remaining privately owned, A&O is the de facto standard, established as the most trusted IT services partner to clients globally, from Fortune500 to SMEs.
The internationally recognised ‘FieldView and TrainView’ technologies enable A&O to automate much of the outsourced IT process, delivering cost efficiency, project reliability and the ultimate service speed. From Pen Testing, Win10 Migration, to managing an entire IT ecosystem, A&O are the expert partners of choice for Managed Security Services. A&O are a CREST approved supplier and ISO27001, ISO22301, ISO14001 and ISO9001 accredited.