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How Windows patching leaves security exposed

April 15, 2021

Next month, Microsoft will stop issuing security updates for Windows 10 build 1909, two years after its release. This may not be receiving the same headlines as end of support for Windows 7 or Windows XP, but it was an unpatched, unsupported Windows operating system that hackers exploited to bring down IT in the NHS in May 2017.

Data provided by IT asset management firm Lansweeper has revealed that about 20% of enterprise devices currently run older operating systems, such as Windows 7 (6.7%), Windows 8/8.1 (6.6%), Windows XP (2%) and even Windows Vista (0.25%).

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