Leading Provider in Managed Technology Services Alerts SMBs to End of Support
TEMPE, AZ — December 2018 – Blue Fox Group, a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), is helping small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) secure their organizations from cyber attacks, by addressing the Windows 7 “End of Life” policy that will begin in January of 2020. Microsoft has announced that they will cease supporting the software, providing updates, enhancing security features and the software will essentially become obsolete. Blue Fox Group is addressing this issue by alerting the Phoenix community and adding an added layer of security monitoring for Office 365. SMBs need to be aware of this transition because cybercriminals are constantly inventing new methods and techniques to exploit weak infrastructure. If a business doesn’t adapt and bring in technology that can keep pace with the ever-evolving security threats that the modern business faces, they will eventually become a “sitting duck” for cyber attacks.
Many businesses handle problems like this in the same manner that they handle all other problems. Ignore it until they suffer a minor consequence, and after they feel some of the pain, then they react and begin solving the problem. However, this is a very dangerous strategy to utilize given the potential consequences. For example, we can look at the costs that some major players have paid for insecure infrastructure. According to Time Magazine, “The Equifax breach cost the company over $4 billion in total.” While small businesses can’t withstand losses like that, there’s also a stronger push from authorities for tighter cybersecurity measures, bigger fines and harsher penalties for lax policies.
“Business owners need to act, now,” advised Mike Lindsley, Owner of Blue Fox Group. “Indecision is also a decision. The majority of Windows 7 users will migrate to Office 365 in which coincidentally will provide many increases in security capabilities that could greatly reduce their need for ad-hoc security features, driving total cost down.” Transitioning to the cloud is a lesser challenge than ensuring your data is secure. Blue Fox Group offers clients a new security program that monitors and prevents security breaches in the cloud under the Security Defender program. To learn more about how to migrate off of Windows 7 and onto O365 with a securely, monitored program, visit Security Defender for more information at https://www.bluefoxgroup.com/blog/office-365-common-questions-answered.