Old Software will kill you

by admin on January 9, 2009

My oldest child is now in elementary school, and my wife walked him to school this day. She came back and reported that the whole computer network at the Vancouver School Board is down due to virus attack.
Everybody, from the principal to the school library, have been ordered to shut their computers down.
Now, I know from previous experience, that school boards are always starved of cash when it comes to upgrading. And if they are still running Windows 2000 and using Internet Explorer, they were lucky to go so long without a virus attack. A former client of mine, Printcraft Solution went through multiple virus attacks in late 2007 and we were only able to move forward by getting rid of every Windows 2000 server in the shop (except for one workstation that was hooked up to the press).
It's really going to be interesting over the next few years, as private and public organizations try to delay upgrading as soon as possible to save money, while suffering significant downtime due to virus attacks. For me personally, if I was offered any sys admin work and I had to own Windows 2000 servers, I would pretty much stipulate that they couldn't be exposed to the internet, or attached to any computers that were exposed to the internet, no matter what firewall was attached. Just my personal experience.

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Allan Larson January 12, 2009 at 11:35 am

I popped into my son’s school and sure enough, the virus hit them too. The assistant was on a Macbook and I asked her about it, and she said, “I’m OK, I’m on a Mac luckily.”

Amen sister. Amen indeed.

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