impact of the change is that schools without effective Microsoft security
updates and support going forward will be increasingly vulnerable to cyber-attacks
- specifically ransomware and malware.
Severe cases of
this could result in schools being disallowed access to internet facilities
until they have been made secure. For
the majority this would mean updating all their operating software to the
latest supported operating system – WIN 10.
The Schools ICT Team - a traded team within SCC’s
Corporate ICT function - provide efficient and very cost-effective ICT support
to any Somerset schools that wish to use them. They have already been responding
to very high levels of requests for help on the WIN 7 issue and have recently taken
on additional staff to cope with the growing demand. For more information, please see document. WIN 7 Support Withdrawal - Reminder (2).doc