The end of support (EOS) of major enterprise platforms like Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are a significant challenge for organisations running mission-critical applications necessary for day-to-day business. For example, in July 2015, when Microsoft ended support for Windows 2003, it put millions of enterprise servers at risk. If your organisation was using Microsoft Server 2003 at that time, the EOS likely introduced serious security risks, unless you were fully prepared to migrate to a new platform or put compensating controls in place. Now, EOS for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is coming in January 2020, and hackers know that platform providers like Microsoft will no longer acknowledge or patch vulnerabilities. These systems quickly become a favourite target for attacks, and the risks of running an unsupported platform after EOS will increase over time, as more issues are found and not patched.
This white paper reviews the risks facing organisations running end-of-life (EOL) platforms like Windows Server 2008 and the options available to them to address those risks. It specifically focuses on how Trend Micro™ Deep Security™ can provide protection for EOL platforms. Delivered by the market leader in server security and powered by XGen™ security, Deep Security includes a cross-generational blend of powerful, automated security controls that can be used to protect platforms like Windows 2008 that are at/or past EOL, enabling organisations to plan and execute a transition that makes sense to the business. It also lets organisations avoid expensive custom support agreements for security patches from Microsoft and helps to extend the life of legacy systems and applications. Deep Security can also help to provide a smooth migration path to securing systems until and beyond their migration to newer platforms or public cloud providers such as Microsoft® Azure™, Amazon Web Services® (AWS), and Google Cloud™—protecting the entire hybrid cloud with a single, streamlined solution.
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