10 Steps to Cyber Security

The current media headlines are all focused on security of your Data, Information and IT Infrastructure including servers, files, networks and end user terminals including Mobile devices.  Whilst the precautions and the detail often require IT Security experts there are some pragmatic steps that all organisations and businesses should adopt as a standard insurance policy to minimise such risks.  The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) provide some easy to follow 10 step guides on how organisations can protect themselves in cyberspace.

TCS provides these NCSC PDF downloads for your use and information.

TCS have the skills to assist your organisation review your cyber security policies and assist with their implementation.  If you would like our assistance please contact us

Microsoft Products End of Life

It is important to use supported versions of Microsoft’s products to ensure you can receive updates which fix bugs and close vulnerabilities which may lead to your system or data being exploited.  TCS Computer Services specialise in upgrading the following Microsoft Products

Operating Systems

The table below shows when Microsoft are ending support for the most popular Operating Systems.

Product Life Cycle
Start Date
Mainstream Support
End Date
Extended Support
End Date
Service Pack Support
End Date
Windows 7 22/10/2009 09/04/2013
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 22/02/2011 13/01/2015 14/01/2020
Windows 8 30/10/2012 12/01/2016
Windows 8.1 13/11/2013 09/01/2018 10/01/2023
Windows 10 29/07/2015 13/10/2020 14/10/2025
Windows Server 2003 28/05/2005 14/04/2009
Windows Server 2003 R2 05/03/2006 14/04/2009
Windows Server 2008 06/05/2008 12/07/2011
Windows Server 2008 R2 22/10/2009 09/04/2013
Windows Server 2012 30/10/2012 09/10/2018 10/10/2023
Windows Server 2012 R2 25/11/2013 09/10/2018 10/10/2023
Windows Server 2016 15/10/2016 11/01/2022 11/01/2027
Source: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/lifecycle/search

Are you using an Operating System which is no longer supported by Microsoft?   Talk to us to see how TCS can help you plan and implement an Operating System upgrade program.

Microsoft Office

The table below shows when Microsoft are ending support for different versions of Microsoft Office

Product Life Cycle
Start Date
Mainstream Support
End Date
Extended Support
End Date
Service Pack Support
End Date
Office 2000 27/06/1999 30/06/2004 14/07/2009
Office 2007 27/01/2007 13/01/2009
Office 2010 15/07/2010 10/07/2012
Office 2013 09/01/2013 14/04/2015
Office 2016 22/09/2015 13/10/2020 14/10/2025
Source: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/lifecycle/search

Are you using a version of Microsoft Office which is no longer supported by Microsoft?  Talk to us to see how TCS can help you plan and implement a Microsoft Office upgrade.

Microsoft SQL Server

The table below shows when Microsoft are ending support for different versions of Microsoft SQL Server

Product Life Cycle
Start Date
Mainstream Support
End Date
Extended Support
End Date
Service Pack Support
End Date
SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4 06/05/2005 08/04/2008 09/04/2013
SQL Server 2005 14/01/2006 10/07/2007
SQL Server 2008 06/11/2008 13/04/2010
SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 06/10/2011 13/10/2015
SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 4 07/07/2014 08/07/2014 09/07/2019
SQL Server 2008 R2 20/07/2010 10/07/2012
SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 3 26/09/2014 08/07/2014 09/07/2019
SQL Server 2012 20/05/2012 14/01/2014
SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 2 10/06/2014 10/01/2017
SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3 01/12/2015 11/07/2017 12/07/2022
SQL Server 2014 05/06/2014 12/07/2016
SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1 14/04/2015 10/10/2017
SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 2 14/07/2016 09/07/2019 09/07/2024
SQL Server 2016 01/06/2016 09/01/2018
SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1 16/11/2016 13/07/2021 14/07/2026
Source: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/lifecycle/search

Are you using a version of Microsoft SQL Server which is no longer supported by Microsoft?  Talk to us to see how TCS can help you plan and implement an SQL Server upgrade.