How will End-of-Life Windows Server 2008 R2 affect your GDPR compliance?

1 year minus a day (or 363 days to be exact) marks the end-of-life for Windows and SQL server 2008/2008 R2. And yes, we know a year seems quite far away, however from experience with previous important dates, like GDPR for example, it will come around before we know it.  

 

On 14th January 2020, the extended support for these Microsoft products will be no more and you will no longer receive security patches and updates – remember the NHS Windows XP security breach? This was a result of hackers isolating a vulnerability in the operating software after Microsoft stopped supporting it, which caused massive disruption not to mention public embarrassment.

 

If your business continues to use these products after this date, this will then present a huge risk to your network integrity, and therefore data privacy. This is where GDPR compliance comes in.

GDPR or General Data Protection Regulations in full, requires businesses to take steps to safeguard ‘personal data’. If a data breach occurs, the ICO (information Commissioners Office) will investigate the steps you’ve taken as a business to protect your data, and should you be found negligible you may be fined up to 4% of your business turnover or up to £20 million.

 

So now is the time to start planning, whether you prefer to upgrade to the latest versions or decide to use this as an opportunity to begin your journey into the Cloud. Whichever option is more suited for your business, Concorde Technology Group are here to help. Get in touch today to begin your journey.