Windows Server 2003 end-of-life deadline UK impact report

A new survey conducted by Bit9 + Carbon Black reveals how the Windows Sever 2003 end-of-life deadline will impact UK companies, more than half of which are still running WS2K3. According to the survey, a surprising amount of companies remain unprepared for the end of support, with more than one third set to miss the deadline, despite responding that there are plans to upgrade. Meanwhile, more than half of UK companies plan to continue running WS2K3 after the deadline, with nearly a quarter of these companies failing any plans for compensating controls.

Failure to migrate to an alternative solution or implement compensating controls, Bit9 + Carbon Black warn, will leave servers severely unprotected after 14 July, 2015.

“The Windows Server 2003 end-of-life deadline must not be taken lightly,” said Chris Strand, PCIP, senior director of compliance and governance for Bit9 + Carbon Black, commented in an email to SCMagazineUK.com. “But based on the results of this survey, it appears that too many organisations are doing just that. With less than 90 days left until the end-of-life deadline, organisations yet to upgrade must immediately aim to get their WS2K3 systems into a compliant state to eliminate financial, and potential legal, penalties and avoid the brand damage associated with failed audits, data breaches, and noncompliance.”

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