Optimise is coming quickly upon us, with the biggest event of the year less than two weeks away. We’ve been busy behind the scenes here at eacs and have over 40 exhibition booths and 36 exciting webinar sessions planned over the three days. We’ve been announcing a raft of big names who have agreed to join us for Optimise on our social media channels together with some of the thought-provoking topics they will be covering at their breakout sessions. If you’ve not already followed us on LinkedIn or Twitter, what are you waiting for?
Microsoft products usually have a lifecycle of 10 years from release, after which businesses suddenly become incredibly vulnerable when using these systems. After the 10 years, Microsoft no longer provide bug fixes and security updates which leave systems open to malware and attacks, and no longer offer full support from Microsoft’s experts when an issue arises resulting in slower responses and the reduced likelihood of retrieving any stolen data. Cybercriminals target older systems which have less of a focus from security teams and don’t possess the most up-to-date technology, and they usually find success in finding vulnerabilities. Furthermore, running outdated products can create compliance issues, such as the Cyber Essentials certification which requires fully supported systems in place when audits take place.
There are many factors to consider when mobilising your workforce, key of which is security. There is a fine balance between having a secure system versus a system that is too secure that stifles the less IT literate users in the workforce from even using in the first place. We would know; we saw a massive spike in the incoming tickets from users who needed some help. Luckily, we had anticipated it and ensured the necessary people were on hand to help.