Your School Network Security – Action Needed



In January 2020, Microsoft will have several software programs that will be going end-of life. These include Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and 2008R2. In October 2020, Office 2010 support will end. There will be no technical support, bug fixes or security fixes for out of date programs.

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If you run these systems after this date there will be an impact on your school network security and compliance with GDPR. You will be at greater risk of malware and cyberattack, which could cripple your school systems and cause severe disruption to school business.  


To prevent any potential data security incident or loss of data , we advise that you check with your school IT provider if your systems have been upgraded, or whether an upgrade is required.

  • Software should be upgraded to the new Windows or Office version before January 2020.
  • Desktops, laptops and servers may need to be replaced or upgraded with more memory.

Your local IT support provider will be able to advise you of the best course of action that is cost-effective for the school, but compliant with the law. You may not need to spend as much as you think, as some existing kit could be upgraded at a lower cost.

Think about setting up an ICT 5 Year Business Development Plan / Strategy including budgets and costs. 

Look at using Microsoft Open Volume Licensing Service and see how this can save you money and allow free features for both staff and pupils.

Somerset County Council Schools & Traded Team are always here to help and give advice.

Contact Details

​ICTHelpdesk@educ.somerset.gov.uk or 01823 355200​

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Created at 18/10/2019 11:31 by Ben Martin
Last modified at 13/11/2019 11:43 by Jasper Conroy