Cybercrime an increasing risk as Microsoft Software reaches End of Support

The latest crime survey for England and Wales, from the Office for National Statistics for the 12 months to September 2018, show that cyber crime is more likely than physical violence or robbery, and the problem will only continue to grow as cyber criminals get more sophisticated.

Cyber criminals are turning more attention to organizations, using social engineering and phishing tactics to exploit security flaws in popular software.

Effective from 14th January 2020, Windows 7, Server 2008, Exchange 2010, SQL Server 2008 and Small Business Server 2011 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. This means that new security holes discovered by hackers will no longer be patched, and hackers will take advantage of this to exploit systems – we all remember WannaCry.

Research from Kollective shows that of the 260 IT decision makers they surveyed, 43% were still running Windows 7. On average it took between 3 and 5 years for companies to migrate from Windows XP, and so many risk falling short of the End of Support deadline.

Failing to migrate to the latest software before this deadline, will leave business’s already struggling to protect themselves, at greater risk from cyber-attacks.

Genesis Business Systems are ideally placed to help ensure your business is not exposed, with accredited security experts, including 1 of only 20 SonicWall Technical Masters in the UK, we can consult, advise and support with system upgrades, security assessments and staff awareness training.

Genesis Business Systems can be contacted on 01482 210999, or info@GenesisIT.co.uk