Has your business prepared for the ‘2020 problem’?

The countdown has officially begun for what could potentially be a very disruptive time for 1 in 3 businesses. Unless that is you’re prepared for what’s been dubbed the ‘2020 problem’

What is the 2020 problem?

This time next year (January the 14th 2020) some of the most commonly used business software packages will reach their ‘end of lives’. The software in question being:

  • Windows 7
  • Office 2010
  • Exchange 2010
  • Small Business server 2011
  • Windows server 2008

This means they will no longer benefit from updates or security patches and will eventually become incompatible with other software.

How will this impact my business?

If your business operates on any of the above systems then come next January you’ll be faced with numerous issues. You’ll no longer be fully secure and at much greater risk of being hacked by cyber-criminals. Using out of date software will also mean your business will be breaching GDPR regulations. You will also find that you’ll have compatibility issues with other software, and it’ll be much harder for our tech team to keep you running without issues. 

Why do I need to know now?

To avoid issues we recommend replacing the Windows 7 computers in your organisation long before Windows 7 support expires! Having un-supported and un-patched infrastructure is asking for trouble and you expose your business to many threats if you’re no longer secure. It’s super important that you upgrade to a modern operating system such as Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep your organisations data safe and secure. Similarly Office 2010 and Windows Server 2008 just needs to go! 

We’ve created an E-book that tells you everything you need to know about the ‘2020 problem’. The E-book highlights how to check what version of Windows you’re currently running and what pro-active steps to take if the software you’re using does need an upgraded. You can check it out by clicking here and if you have any more questions our friendly team of technicians can help ensure your business is prepared for January 14th 2020, don’t hesitate to get in touch today. 

 

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