Windows Server 2003 end of life – what does this mean for your business?

According to an article from infosecurity-magazine “On 14 July Microsoft ended support for Windows Server 2003. This means that any companies still using it will no longer be updated, kept secure, nor receive any fixes. Despite this, 60% of businesses are still using Windows Server 2003, and have not yet migrated to an alternative.”—Published July 22, 2015

Many organizations cannot move from WS2003 server by July 2015 due to application compatibility issues, cost, staffing resources and other challenges. The most significant issue facing organizations with WS2003 Servers is operating securely when there are no more security patches from Microsoft.

For organizations that are seeking security for their WS2003 Servers the results from the protection that XP users have had for the past year are particularly instructive. The experience of these XP users foreshadows the challenge for WS2003 users—no more support and patches from Microsoft leading to a nightmarish “Zero Day Forever” scenario. Many organizations chose to protect their XP PCs with a security product form Stormshield called ExtendedXP.

The Stormshield Monitoring Services Team has researched and analyzed identified XP vulnerabilities and concluded that their customers using ExtendedXP were proactively protected against 148 out of 149 out of Critical/High Risk Microsoft Vulnerabilities and 446 out of 451 out of all Critical/High Risk applications identified and tested. This is unmatched proactive protection with no Zero Day exposure for the protected XP PCs. As a result, it is clear that organizations that are using XP now have proof that they can do so securely, on into the future, by using the ExtendedXP software and the associated Monitoring Services. The sister product and alternative WS2003 support offering Extended Windows Server 2003 (EWS2003) from Stormshield allows organizations to move from WS2003 on their own timeline and to be secure using WS2003 into the future.

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