Earlier this month, Microsoft released its last patch for Windows Server 2003. The end of support for the server has prompted businesses to take a closer look at cybersecurity. Tech Target contributor Michael Heller stated that many businesses are at risk because they aren't planning to migrate current applications to more recent versions of Windows.
In fact, a recent study by Softchoice found 21 percent of servers still ran Windows 2003 at 200 enterprises in June. One reason for this, Heller noted, is that system administrators may not be aware that there are 2003 servers in the network, so those servers may not receive critical cybersecurity updates.
Why does it matter?
Already we are seeing ripples that may validate Heller's claim. According to Computer Weekly contributor Warwick Ashford, on June 21 Microsoft issued a crucial system patch that addressed a flaw in all supported versions of Windows. The flaw makes users vulnerable to hackers taking complete control of an affected system. This is why it is imperative that companies running business-critical applications, such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM, upgrade their servers to protect their data from these kinds of vulnerabilities.
Sasha Pavlovic, director of cloud and data center security for Asia Pacific at Trend Micro, also stressed the risk that businesses face if they're not planning to move their data. "[M]any organizations still count on Windows Server 2003 for critical business operations," he told SecurityWatchNZ. "If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your data center, you need to take steps to protect your infrastructure.
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