Microsoft have issued a Security Vulnerability Update advising that a new vulnerability has been discovered in remote desktop services running on older versions of Windows.

This exploit impacts devices remote desktop services on Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2.

Should an attacker successfully exploit this vulnerability they could install programmes on your device, view, change or delete data or create new accounts. A possible breach could be catastrophic.

Microsoft have released updates for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 – being the two operating systems it currently supports, however with both of these coming to end of life in only 6 months time now is the time to upgrade your devices to the most recent version of Windows.

Events like this are always a reminder to take stock and ensure that you are regularly updating your software, that your patches are up to date and that you have a Disaster Recovery plan that governs how you will respond in the event of a breach.

Do get it touch if you need assistance with your licensing, the maintenance of your devices or support in developing a cyber security strategy that keeps your organisation safe.