When it comes to software, you may have heard a thing or two about product “sunsets” and “end of life.” But what does that really mean? And, more importantly, what does that mean for you and your documents?
With Adobe® Acrobat XI® end of life rapidly approaching, it’s imperative that you not only know what a product sunset entails but also have a game plan in place to ensure your documents aren’t at risk.
What is end of life?
When a product reaches end of life, the vendor will no longer market, maintain, or offer support for the sunsetting product. In the case of Adobe, October 15, 2017, marks the end to all support for Acrobat XI.
What does end of life mean for you?
While it may seem simple to stick with unsupported Acrobat XI software, there may be long-term consequences. Ask yourself these questions before making your decision:
Will your documents be secure?
As of October 15, Adobe will no longer monitor Acrobat XI’s security risks or issue patches. When not protected by patches, your documents may become vulnerable to a myriad of security threats, including viruses, hackers, and spyware.
In the words of Tim Rains, Chief Security Advisor of Microsoft Worldwide Cybersecurity and Data Protection Group: “Running antivirus on an out-of-support system will not provide adequate protection against the latest threats.”
Will IT have full control?
Bombarded with update notifications, employees operating obsolete software may be more likely to take matters into their own hands. These employees could go rogue and download their own PDF tools that are unmonitored by IT, jeopardizing both business-wide security and IT effectiveness.
Will your systems be standardized?
Since IT must purchase Acrobat licenses in a different version for any new employees, your business may maintain non-standardized systems. While we’ve discussed the benefits of software standardization before, it’s important that organizations are also familiar with the potential dangers of maintaining non-standardized systems, including security vulnerabilities, increased costs, complicated licensing compliance, and an overburdened IT team.
What can you do?
Use our brief one-page guide to educate yourself on all your options when it comes to Acrobat XI end of life. A product sunset is a key time to reevaluate your document productivity needs, and you do have a choice when it comes to PDF.
Make your decision with care. Your productivity depends on it.
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