Did you know that on 14th January 2020, support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end, meaning no more support and no more security updates?
In an era where cybercrime is a daily threat for businesses of all sizes, an insecure server could put your business at serious risk of hacking or worse.
You may be reading this and wondering “does my business have a server? What does a server do”?
Let’s start with the basics.
In simple terms, a server is a box or series of boxes that enables multiple staff members to access services such as email, printers, databases, CRM systems, finance applications, etc at the same time.
Rather than every staff member having all these services stored locally on their computer or lap-top, they are stored centrally on a server or for large companies, in a dedicated server room.
Generally speaking, businesses with more than 10 computer users will have a server and like computers, these servers need an operating system for them to work.
Microsoft have specific operating systems for servers and in the same way you get regular security updates from Microsoft for your computer, there are security updates for your server too.
Also, every few years, Microsoft will issue an optional system upgrade for both computers and servers.
You may be familiar with the latest version of the Microsoft operating system for your computer, Windows 10, which is full of cool new features and even better security updates, but as it is optional, businesses don’t automatically upgrade.
This often results in businesses using older operating systems, which although they may work, are less efficient resulting in slow computers and processing speeds.
Servers are the same, so while you can run your server on an older operating system, it often results in slower speeds and “gremlins” in the system.
As Microsoft continually evolve and improve their operating systems, older versions become obsolete and are given what’s known as an EOL (end of life) or EOS (end of support) date.
This effectively means that after a certain date, there will be no more security updates or support so if something goes wrong, there will be very little (if anything) you can do.
So what does this mean for my business?
In short, if you don’t upgrade and continue to use the older server operating system, you are putting your business at risk, the biggest risk being that of cybercrime.
With outdated security features, you are leaving your server wide open to attack and if you store sensitive data such as financial records, personal data, customer lists, etc. criminals could easily access it and what’s more, you may face huge penalty fines too.
Unfortunately, many businesses ignore cybercrime, sometimes thinking “we’re too small; why would someone target us”? Apart from the fact that it’s not a human that’s trying to hack your business, but a programme or robot that is searching for weaknesses in your server, all companies are fair game.
But, even if you are OK with the cybercrime risk, there’s the issue with losing money through productivity problems.
Old operating systems work slower – fact.
Combine this with an increase in IT issues caused by an outdated server and you will soon find your team are spending less time working, and more time trying to fix IT problems, often meaning your business can become paralysed.
So what can you do?
Firstly, don’t leave it until the 14th January 2020 to make a decision.
Acting now will not only save your business, it may save you money too.
There are many options available to you, depending on your business size and how you use IT, but the important thing is to review your existing server operating system and consider the options.
At Pisys.net, our team will conduct a free review and present several options for you to consider.
Even if you have an IT provider, by arranging a review with us, you’ll have a cost comparison if nothing else.
To arrange your review and protect your business before 14thJanuary 2020, call 01792 464748 or email [email protected]Back to all articles