Microsoft Windows Server 2003 will reach the end of its extended support on July 14, 2015. Windows Server 2003 is the equivalent of Windows XP in the server world; Industry experts estimate that there are more than 10 million machines still running Windows Server 2003, with many of them running mission-critical services. There are several security issues that are likely to happen to machines that are running Windows Server 2003 after its end of life date.
Once support ends, new security issues won’t be fixed by Microsoft. Third party apps and hardware drivers also create updates and Microsoft has to create new patches for this as well. In plain English, that means no more security, driver, software, and hardware updates from Microsoft and most manufacturers as well. This will leave machines vulnerable to attack; there are already several known serious vulnerabilities in Windows XP that will never be patched.
This situation presents not only a huge security risk, but also a compliance concern. Running end-of-life software is seen as a control failure by most regulatory standards. It is also critical to note that organizations using hosted services will have no choice but to upgrade their legacy software by next year, as providers will ultimately force them to upgrade from Windows Server 2003 so that they can continue to provide the support and security promised in their service level agreements.
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