Technology that is out of date can prove costly, leaving your business vulnerable to security risks and prone to downtime. Microsoft ended its support of a number of services last year and with only 6 months until the end of Windows Server 2003, we highlight some of the key considerations for your business below.
Are you using any of the following?
Windows XP: Support ended in April 2014. If you are still using Windows XP, you are 6 times more likely to be infected with malware than if you are running Windows 8.
Office 2003: Support ended in April 2014. Without critical security updates, your business is open to attack, which is why we recommend moving to Office 365.
Windows Server 2003: Support will end on 14th July 2015. This means you have less than 6 months to upgrade to a later version and safeguard your business.
What does this really mean for your business?
1. No support for technical queries
- Increased costs - as you spend money fixing IT issues.
- Decreased productivity - as you spend time trying to resolve IT issues.
2. No updates to fix critical or security issues
- Crashes and downtime - making you less efficient.
- Legal and regulatory compliance issues - leading to fines for unsupported software.
3. No security protection against cyber attacks
- Security holes - leaving you exposed to cyber threats.
- Breaches in client confidentiality - as your data is more open to a security attack.
If you are still using one of the Microsoft services listed above, upgrading your technology should be a key priority. For those using more recent versions on old machines, investing in new technology may also make financial sense. Machines that are over 4 years old are proven to experience more IT issues, cause more downtime and be more costly to fix. To find out more, view our Risks of Using Outdated Technology Infographic.