Top three reasons why it is time to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10
1. Financial planning
We already know that Microsoft terminated mainline support for Windows 7 in 2015; and extended support will end in 2020. After that, the security risks will ramp up massively.
The benefits of a phased upgrade plan are considerable. Not only will you automatically be in a better position to spread your costs sensibly, but you’ll also prevent that expensive rush to replace machines in two year’s time. AND, it will also allow you to take advantage of some great discounts currently available. We’re finding some hefty discounts for our customers at the moment.
And, as Windows 10 also give you faster start up times, and a better menu system and search function, you’ll be taking advantage of efficiency savings in terms of staff time from the moment you upgrade. So the sooner the better on that score!
Encryption with BitLocker protects data if machines, hard drives, or other storage devices in that nightmare scenario of them getting lost or stolen. BitLocker reliably encrypts all of these every time they turn off, sleep, or hibernate. On newer machines, running Windows 10, BitLocker also gives additional security measures, such as multi-factor user-authentication. This is only one of many security benefits of Windows 10.
And there are other security benefits to running Windows 10. It has more built-in security protections to help safeguard you against viruses, phishing, and malware; it’s the most secure Windows ever. And new features are now delivered through automatic updates, helping you to stay current and your system to feel fresh always.
One of the major differences with the new GDPR (general data protection regulation) is the stringent requirement to track data and document the steps we all take to protect ours – particularly the personal or financial data we all have on customers, contacts and employees. SITOC can help with this.
Documenting your encryption and security measures, such as BitLocker (above), is your starting point. This should get you started on a corporate data protection policy. The next crucial step is to make sure you properly decommission any machines at the end of service. Any end-of-life machines need to be cleaned of all data before you release them – and SITOC can help with that too.
Whether you decide to buy-in expert advice on GDPR, or prefer to do your own research, the following links should help: