1, 2, 3…It’s Time to Migrate from Windows Server 2003

By on Jun 01, 2015

This blog was written by Joakim Lialias.

We’ve told you once. We’ve told you twice. Heck, we’ve told you four times: if you’re still running Windows Server 2003, you need to take action as soon as possible because the EOS is fast approaching on July 14th, 2015.

Need a refresher on what lies ahead? Well, good news, we’ve put together all the information you need to stay safe.

The upcoming Windows Server 2003 EOS means Microsoft will not be issuing any patches or security updates after the cut off date. While hackers are off rejoicing, this raises major security issues for those still running Windows Server 2003. And that appears to be quite a few of you.

According to Softchoice, a company specializing in technology procurement for organizations, 21 percent of all servers are still running Windows Server 2003. More worrisome is that 97 percent of all data centers are still running some form of Windows Sever 2003 within their facilities.

But migrating from Windows Server 2003 and ending up with proper security doesn’t have to be a pain. In our previous posts in this series, we’ve highlighted three different options for migration and how to secure the target environment. Let’s recap them here:

Option 1: Upgrade to Windows Server 2012

As Windows Server 2008 is in an extended support period and Windows Server 2012 R2 packs great new features, it is a good idea for organizations to directly upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2.

Likely, your organization might be looking to invest in a hybrid cloud infrastructure as part of this upgrade. Depending on what a server is used for, you’ll need optimized security solutions to secure your private virtual machines.

McAfee has you covered. No matter what you’re running, you should at least employ either McAfee Server Security Suite Essentials or McAfee Server Security Suite Advanced.

If you’re running an email, sharepoint, or database server, consider McAfee Security for Email Servers, McAfee Security for Microsoft SharePoint or McAfee Data Center Security Suite for Databases, depending on your needs.

Option 2: Secure the public cloud

As the cloud ecosystem matures, the public cloud is becoming a reasonable alternative for many infrastructure needs. However, one issue remains: while public cloud solutions secure the underlying infrastructure, each company is responsible for securing their virtual servers from the Guest OS and up. Meaning, you’ll need a security solution built for the cloud.

Luckily, we’ve a solution that will help you break through the haze and gain complete control over workloads running within an Infrastructure- as-a-Service environment: McAfee Public Cloud Server Security Suite.

McAfee Public Cloud Server Security Suite gives you comprehensive cloud security, broad visibility into server instances in the public cloud and dynamic management of cloud environments.

Option 3: Protecting the servers you can’t migrate right now

For the 1.6 million of you that are behind schedule on Windows Server upgrades and won’t be able to migrate by the EOS date, you have a tough challenge ahead. Hackers know full well that Microsoft won’t be patching any newly discovered security issues, and as such, your servers might be a target.

But it’s not all doom and gloom – McAfee can tie you over and keep you protected, until you’ve finished migrating.

With McAfee Application Control for Servers, you can command a centrally managed dynamic whitelisting solution. This solution will help you to protect your unsupported servers from malware and advanced threats, by blocking unauthorized applications, automatically categorizing threats and lowering manual input through a dynamic trust model.

Make your migration easy and get started today.

Be sure to follow along with @McAfee_Business on Twitter for real-time security updates. Stay safe out there!

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