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Windows Server 2003 EOL – The Aftermath

Posted by Zobrio on September 18, 2015

Microsoft ended support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. The momentous day has come and gone, and yet millions of outdated servers remain operational. With so many still in use with large and small organizations, why haven’t companies migrated to new servers? Often, it’s for the reasons below:

  • Time consuming – Typical migration can run between 9 to 15 month project
  • Delay in response/no communication between IT and Business departments
  • If we upgrade one thing, we’ll have to upgrade everything
  • Too expensive

No matter your reason, if your organization doesn’t have an IT department to assess whether you’re at risk, allow us to break it down for you.

First and foremost it’s important to understand what a server does. A server is essentially a central computer that manages access to resources such as files, client information, and programs. Basically all the data that your organization uses, whether it be a CRM system or client files, is stored on a server.

An organization still running Windows Server 2003 are open to the possibility of malicious hacking and a huge breach in security.

Beside risking the exposure of private records, if your organization stores cardholder data for any type of payment transactions the time to update is now. Unsupported servers that contain cardholder information are at risk of automatic failure of PCI Compliance Standards. Windows Server 2003 is not only putting your company at risk, but also anyone who does business with you.

Zobrio’s IT team can do a network assessment to uncover your vulnerable areas and let you know if it’s time to upgrade. Contact us today for a free assessment- 1-800-796-4984

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