Windows Server 2008 R2 end-of-life mainstream support ended back on January 13, 2015. However, there is a more critical date looming.

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end all support for Windows Server 2008 R2. It seems like 2020 is a ways off, but updating an IT infrastructure can be a large task. If you are still running Windows Server 2008 R2, the time to start planning is now.

No Patches Leaves Your Operating System Vulnerable to Security Issues

End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. Vulnerabilities in the operating system that are discovered after this date will not be fixed by Microsoft. Furthermore, after that date Microsoft will no longer offer any type of support for the operating system. It won’t be long before those systems are specifically targeted and exploited.

Many customers simply won’t work with a company that doesn’t keep their systems up to date; others will be forever lost in the event of a breach. According to a study by Microsoft, 20% of companies lose customers due to security attacks, and 30% lose revenue as a direct result – and many have to close their doors altogether due to cyber attacks.

If a data loss occurs, your company will be accountable to shareholders, investors, customers, the public, and perhaps even the courts. Admitting you simply didn’t keep your systems up to date can do major reputational damage.

Also, Your company could be in breach of compliance requirements (HIPAA, etc.) if it fails to plan for full, uninterrupted security support.

What Can I Do?

It is time to begin planning now. An operating system upgrade likely requires a new server and possibly new software. Talk to ISM today to plan your upgrade!