May 15, 2015

How will Windows Server 2003 EOL impact meeting compliance standards?

Will it still be possible to pass a compliance audit for standards such as Dodd-Frank or HIPAA if migration isn’t complete when WS2003 reaches end of life in a couple of months?
Are you ready to migrate? Windows Server 2003 'End of Life' is coming July 14th 2015

"As you migrate your IT infrastructure to Windows Server 2012 you benefit from, reduced cost of ownership through the improvement of management of resources, better security, high scalability, improved performance, Increased functionality, in-box virtualisation and cloud support, improved manageability and on-going product support.

With the average Windows Server taking over 200 days to migrate, now it is the time to act and start planning for your migration."
PCI compliance requires you have a fully up to date server with all patches applied. Once 2003 goes past EOL, you will be out of PCI compliance and likely blocked by any partners or customers. Likewise, you will be considered out of security compliance with other standards for using an out-of-date server that is not being patched.

So the short answer is no.
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