It’s been over a decade since Windows 7 was released, but many companies are still clinging on to the dated operating system (OS) despite its rapidly impending retirement on January 14, 2020. Given the popularity of Windows 7, Microsoft has decided to continue supporting it for three more years, but that support comes at a substantial cost.
Technology is evolving so quickly that many businesses are having a hard time keeping up. Some might deem it as the antidote to all business woes, while others see it as little more than a necessary evil that forces them to modernize just to keep afloat.
With just a few more months to go before Windows 7 reaches the end of its extended support life cycle, it’s time for businesses to get serious about upgrading. For most organizations, the most obvious solution is to upgrade to Windows 10. However, other options exist too, like changing over to an entirely different operating system, such as Linux or MacOS. It’s also possible to continue receiving critical security updates for Windows 7 for up to three more years by joining Microsoft’s Extended Security Updates program.
If you’ve been following the news in the past few years, then you’ve probably heard of terms like dark web and deep web. But the technical nature of these terms has led to many myths and misconceptions, particularly regarding the role of the dark web when it comes to cybercrime.
All software products come with a limited support life cycle, which is typically stated as soon as it’s initially released. Software as complex as the Windows operating systems tend to have more generous life cycles, not least because it costs a lot of time and money for businesses to upgrade regularly.
Most business leaders are all too familiar with the constant threat of cyber incidents, such as identity theft and other data breaches. However, the dark web remains something of a mystery. It’s a term most of us have heard, but there are many misconceptions as to what the dark web really is and what it means to businesses and their employees.
As organizations across every industry sector become more reliant on modern technologies, IT budgets are going through the roof. According to a recent study by Deloitte, the average spending across all industries stands at 3.28% of revenue, with the biggest spenders being the finance and professional services sectors.
A recent cybersecurity report found that 61% of organizations suffered a cybersecurity incident in the past year, up from 45% in 2018. The cost of an incident continues to rise steadily as well, with the global median reaching $369,000. Yet, despite the threats facing every industry and every business, regardless of its size and scope, most firms are still woefully unprepared for the next big threat.