Why Promote Software Currency to your Customers

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Jeff Stoffel

I recently teamed with one of our partners on a Security Webinar.  I primarily focused on the benefits of running an up to date desktop and the security enhancements provided by a modern operating system.  Working through the content reminded me once again how important it is to be current with software in order to minimize risk from cyber attacks and help prevent malware.     Online Fraud Link

Certainly we need to ensure the desktop is running a current OS and up to date but we also need to consider the supporting infrastructure.  With Windows 2003 support ending on July 14, 2015 the topic of currency should be top of mind for all partners when working with customers.    Since the server infrastructure often connects with a wider range of outer systems and desktops, the security risks may be heightened due to lack of ongoing updates provided a supported a operating system.

The Department of Homeland Security issued an alert last November about the coming end-of-life for Windows Server 2003, noting businesses running unsupported software could open up their environment to elevated cyber-security risks, hardware compatibility issues and potential compliance conflicts.

Lead the path to IT innovation today - Windows Server 2003 support is ending July 14, 2015.

As you help your customers upgrade their server infrastructure, don't forget about the apps.  Did you know that 1 in 6 Windows Server 2003 instances host SQL Server 2005?  Updating the overall platform will provide your customers with the best database capabilities. 

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Another resource that call help you with your customer presentations and discussions is the Internet security at work toolkit.  Here you’ll find some tools that you can use to teach your customer and customer’ employees how to work more securely on the Internet and better defend their company, customer, and their own personal information.


Top Tips for Internet Security at Work

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Internet Security at Work

30-minute slide presentation with speaker notes.


Test Your Internet Security IQ

Ten-question quiz (and answers) to test employee awareness of online security.


Internet Security Begins with You

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Stay Sharp on Internet Safety at Work

3 minute video presentation



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Note: To make your presentation part of a larger event, see how to organize an online safety event.


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