The importance of replacing software before its End-of-Support (EOS) is critical. EOS occurs when software updates, patches, and other forms of support are no longer offered, resulting in software becoming prone to future security vulnerabilities.
Using unsupported software and firmware/hardware, puts organizations at risk in the following ways:
- Subsequent vulnerabilities disclosures place your organization at significant risk.
- Subject your organization to regulatory compliance issues/violations.
- Increases support costs by having a need for extended support
Replacing software and firmware/hardware before it reaches EOS will significantly reduce any risks and costs associated with EOS. The process of finding EOS dates and locating all the instances of obsolete products can be a difficult and time-consuming task. The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center® (MS-ISAC®) has comprised an EOS software report for software with EOS dates in the next 12 months. This will be updated monthly.
Download the list of EOS software dates from 1/01/2019 to 4/2020 that MS-ISAC is currently aware of: EOS Table May 2019.