It should come as no surprise that Windows Server 2003 is entering End of Life on July 14th of this year. What should be surprising is that by some estimates, there are still over 10 million servers running this operating system. After its EOL, companies running Windows Server 2003 will have no support, and will receive no patches and no upgrades.
Without a doubt, opportunistic hackers will be doubling down on their efforts to find vulnerabilities and create exploits for this now-12-year-old operating system. Once vulnerability is found, if you are still running this OS, you will be unable to protect your servers from this threat.
There are many reasons why a company might still be running Windows Server 2003, not least of which is that it has proven to be a stable, reliable operating system that continues to run well on older hardware. Other reasons may include legacy applications and budgetary constraints. Whatever the reasons may be, continuing to run Windows Server 2003 exposes your applications, data and network to a significant level of risk.
Archetype SC can offer several services to help with your migration, making it as easy and cost-effective as possible. If a migration isn’t possible, we can help you protect your legacy systems by securing them through security assessments, network segmentation and network monitoring systems. Please see our services page for more information on how we can help you deal with this serious threat to your business.