Entire organisation’s networks will be affected by the lack of Windows Server 2003 support & protection with Servers, including domain controllers, Web servers, file servers, and desktops that will be most affected by this.
las vegas (PRWEB) July 06, 2015
Most small to medium sized businesses in the Las Vegas area are not aware that all support for Windows Server 2003 will effectively come to an end on July 14, 2015.
It will mean that many Vegas businesses and businesses around the USA that are still running Windows Server 2003, will no longer have support from Microsoft and their networks, computers and organisation’s will be left vulnerable to new threats targeted at them.
“It is vital that businesses plan and execute a migration strategy to protect their infrastructure”, says Tom Andrulis, CEO of Intelligent Technical Solutions, managed IT services Las Vegas businesses.
"Entire organisation’s networks will be affected by the lack of Windows Server 2003 support & protection with Servers, including domain controllers, Web servers, file servers, and desktops that will be most affected by this.
So, if businesses continue to run Windows Server 2003 after July 14, 2015, without implementing appropriate compensating controls, they are putting confidential customer records, trade secrets, and other highly valuable data at risk which could result in data breaches and lawsuits.
"Not only will windows server 2003 upgrade or lack of upgrading will impact millions of IT professionals and businesses, and is not limited to servers only but the end of support of 2003 it will also impact other segments of businesses such as hardware, software, cloud, mobile, and services," said Tom Andrulis CEO of Intelligent Technical Solutions.
"It is extremely important that IT professionals & businesses owners have a proactive approach to migrate prior to the end of life support for Windows Server 2003 and Technology companies who can’t offer a clear, elegant migration path to assist a business’s transition effectively put businesses risk due to a combination of Cyber criminals, hacktivists, and nation-states preying on unprotected servers, leaving enterprises exposed to potentially catastrophic breaches that can lead to lawsuits, regulatory fines, and loss of customer trust.
Anther downside to businesses based in the Las Vegas Area will face even if they have a fast business internet connection or business VOIP phone systems, is that due to the risk of vulnerabilities their network speeds could decline and cause their sbu
Las Vegas Businesses now have less than 30 days to migrate or prepare their networks and servers for the end of life 2003 support which Microsoft offers.
Businesses failing to upgrade their systems, network face the threat of being hacked, legal penalties, brand damage, lawsuits for data breaches and businesses have a business duty to get their networks to a complaint state within 30 days.
Its not all bad news for businesses that don’t have enough time nor resources to upgrade to the latest version of Windows Server 2012.
Businesses which cannot upgrade can plan and implement network isolation, application white-listing, and continuous server monitoring as a short term solution when dealing with the end of life cycle of Windows Server 2003.
It is imperative both financially and from a compliance state that Las Vegas businesses upgrade as soon as possible to eliminate both financial and legal penalties.
One way businesses can avoid the upgrade costs, as well as the initial threat of not having Windows Server 2003 support is for businesses to consider migrating to the cloud.
Estimates on the number of Windows Server 2003 users vary wildly from a modest 2.6 million to the heady 11 million figure cited by Foxall. Although this is dwarfed by the number that were still using Windows XP last year, it's still a significant amount.
When Microsoft eventually removes support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, it will no longer deliver critical security updates or patches for the system which will leave many businesses in a vulnerable state and put their organisations at risk for and possibly legal breaches.
Intelligent Technical Solutions will be hosting a free live webinar to businesses around the Las Vegas, NV and Nevada area. The webinar offers free education advice on how businesses can protect their networks, deal with potential hackers, as well as will provide insights into how Las Vegas cloud computing can assist with the Windows Server 2003 end of life cycle.
Intelligence technical solutions provide IT support for small and medium size businesses in the Las Vegas area.
End Of Support For Server 2003 From Microsoft.