Businesses wouldn’t let their employees drive an old run-down car that hadn’t passed its MOT, would they? They wouldn’t want to put their business and employees at any risk.

Likewise, businesses wouldn’t expect employees to use an old computer with outdated software, putting their business at risk of a cyber-attack?

When it comes to IT support it is essential that businesses think of maintaining their computer system like they would a car. Especially if it is operating on Windows 7 and hasn’t been upgraded to Windows 10, as from January 14th Windows will stop all support for this operating system. Which means security updates will be not available and your business will be opening itself up to a cyber-attack.

What makes this even more important for businesses, is that according to research* over 45% of all SMEs are running on the soon to be dead Windows 7, or even older operating systems

In addition to potentially opening yourself up to be hacked. It also means that your staff will not be able to carry out their jobs efficiently, as modern applications may not work correctly, plus, there could also be other software and hardware compatibility issues. Meaning your bank of expensive computers could essentially become redundant.

All of which is music to hacker’s ears and will create even more disruption to your business in the long run. Of course, there is a cost element to carrying out the upgrade and migration. But if you don’t do it the long-term cost for your business could be a lot higher.

Plus, it is even more important to start this upgrade and migration process now, as depending on the size of your businesses, the process can take anything from 3-6 months to complete.

So, time is of the essence if you are going to meet the January 14th deadline and have a safe, secure and productive business.

If you need advice or have any questions, then drop us a line at info@greystone.co.uk

*https://www.itpro.co.uk/microsoft-windows/34275/concerning-number-of-businesses-still-reliant-on-windows-7-xp

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