When Windows 7 EoS occurs, no organization will be forced to stop using the program. While Microsoft will warn them, organizations will have the capability to ignore any cautioning. However, any organization that chooses to delay upgrading from Windows 7 will be at serious risk.
First, organizations should consider potential compliance risks. These will be inevitable for many organizations, and will be especially important for organizations that must follow strict regulations like HIPAA. While these risks may be inevitable, potential compliance risks can be discovered before the end of extended support via a software compliance audit, allowing organizations to address potential issues before they begin.
However, the utmost concern for any organization should be the serious security risks. In today’s data dominated environment, the impact of viruses and malware can have devastating effects on a business. When security updates for Windows 7 come to an end, your business could be extremely vulnerable to these attacks. For a popular operating system like Windows 7, it’s a question of when, not if, a security exploit will be found. For instance, the spread of the WannaCry attack in 2017 has largely been attributed to the unwillingness of executives to upgrade from systems that ran Windows XP and other out-of-date versions of Windows.