Two Thirds Of UK Businesses Still Running Windows 7

As the deadline came and went regarding Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 reaching their end-of-support deadline, new research revealed a shocking truth.

Two thirds of UK businesses still run the operating platform, which is now putting them all at risk of cyber criminals who are vying to access their systems.

Jon O’Connor, Solution Architect at Kollective, the company who collected the research, said:

“It took many businesses up to three years to move from XP to Windows 7 and we can expect a similar timeline for the move to Windows 10. While a lot of companies have migrated the majority of their systems away from Windows 7, being ‘almost there’ isn’t good enough.

“It only takes a handful of unsecured devices to launch a full-scale cyber-attack, so having even one or two Windows 7 PCs on your network could pose a serious risk. IT teams need to know for certain that every single device on their networks is off of Windows 7 – but the reality is that most simply don’t know.”

The threat of having un-supported software has been made even more real, as Microsoft had to issue an urgent security patch after the US National Security Agency (NSA) discovered a flaw in Microsoft 10.

Carl Wearn, Head of E-crime at Mimecast, urged organisations to ensure they have third-party security tools in place to help shield any exposure to threats.

He said:

“As organization’s move their operations to the cloud, legacy support issues like this will likely become a thing of the past in the next 10 to 15 years, but as Windows 7 remains in use across many organisations at present people should be aware of the increased vulnerability which this OS will now experience as it is no longer supported.

“Ensuring good cyber hygiene and the use of fallback facilities, as-well as ensuring the updating of a good antivirus solution, becomes even more critical to an organization if it continues to use an unsupported OS.”

See what other advice Today’s Legal Cyber Risk has regarding Window 7.