Stuck on Windows Server 2003? Migration Option #3

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This blog was written by Joakim Lialias.

Pop quiz: what’s happening on July 14th, 2015?

If you’ve been following along with this series, you’ll know it’s the impending End of Support (EOS) for Windows Server 2003.

So far, we’ve covered two of the three migration options available to those still running Windows Server 2003: migrating to Windows Server 2012 or moving to the public cloud. Since migrating to a new server environment takes 200 days on average, and 300 for migrating applications, making the move by the mid-July end-of-life date may not be realistic.

This brings us to migration option #3: implementing additional protection for servers that cannot be immediately migrated by the EOS date.

Since Windows 2003 servers will no longer be compliant and will be vulnerable to new malware created after mid-July, you’ll need to take additional steps to keep them secure. Especially since hackers are patiently waiting for July 15th, knowing that Microsoft will no longer issue any security updates to these servers.

What’s even more concerning is that there are 23.8 million instances of Windows Server 2003 still running, making this a huge and potentially very lucrative target for hackers. In this leadership article written by Jonathan Braunhut, he mentions how McAfee has already stated that security will only be taken seriously with a massive breach of a multinational corporation.

Fortunately, McAfee can provide the security you need to keep your Windows Server 2003 instances safe from hackers’ targeted attacks.

If you have workloads that you cannot migrate off Windows Server 2003 by mid-July, be sure to install whitelisting protection to stay secure. McAfee Application Control for Servers is a centrally managed dynamic whitelisting solution which protects from malware and advanced threats. In more details, it:

  • Blocks unauthorized applications, therefore protecting from advanced persistent threats without requiring signature updates or labor-intensive lists to manage
  • Helps lower costs by eliminating manual support requirements associated with other whitelisting technologies
  • And best of all, it does all of that without requiring signature updates!

Next week, we’ll wrap up this series with a summary of the migration options for Windows Server 2003 and will highlight how to properly secure each of those paths.

Want to learn more about the migration options available to those running Windows Server 2003? Register for an educational webcast on “The 1-2-3 Security Approach for Windows Server 2003 EOS,” by visiting this page.

In the meantime, follow @McAfee_Business on Twitter for real-time security updates. We’ll see you back here next week!

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