30 Jan Budgeting for the year?
Feels like the calendar has only just flicked over to 2019 still doesn’t it? But whoosh, that’s January gone in a flash!
If you are making your plans and budgets for 2019 or working towards the financial new year, you may need to make plans for the sweeping changes Microsoft are implementing as of Jan 2020…dramatic enough that they may well wipe-out all that hard work you put in place for GDPR; if you don’t get ahead of it.
To drive forward users to the latest & most secure of platforms, Microsoft have announced the end-of-life for a collection of older software. Much like the cessation of support for Windows XP back in 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide updates & security patches to a range of software deemed to be reaching the end of its serviceable life – helping to drive users toward more modern & secure platforms.
What does this mean?
From the date of the cessation of support for each platform, they will automatically become non-compliant to GDPR. The legislation requires businesses to be holding & processing sensitive data on computer systems that are maintained, protected and most importantly of all, updated with security patches by the software vendor.
Am I affected?
If you have replaced the entirety of your IT system within the past 3 or 4 years, there’s a good chance you’re in the clear. Those businesses using at least Windows 8 or 1-0 across their laptops & desktops, and operating with background cloud systems, such as Office 365 and Azure, will most likely have moved away entirely from the list of software being culled in 2020.
If you still rely on a server that’s potentially 5-6+ years old, use little or no cloud platforms, and have PCs that are 4+ years old then there’s a strong chance that your business is at risk and needs to start planning & budgeting now for this change.
There are a few tell tale signs to help identify whether you are reliant on any of these software platforms.
What do I need to do?
Keeping ahead of such large-scale technology changes will not only protect your business, but ensure you can time & budget for the inevitable IT refresh project. Planning both the potential disruption and cost at a time that suits you, as opposed to getting caught out; rushing then to complete the work upon reaching the deadline, (or more dangerously), after the deadline when you’ll have become non-GDPR compliant and potentially at high-risk of, or worse, have already suffered from a cyber hack & loss of data.
Seek advice from IT professionals to plan & prepare. Get in touch today for free advice & guidance – firstly to identify if you are at risk, and help budget for the affected systems that will need upgrading / replacing, or how to implement cloud technology to keep your business ahead.
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