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Sunday February, 16th 2020

The deployment of 5G networks has made a ton of news over the past few months as deployment in the US continues to roll out. But findings in PwC^s latest biannual US 5G Index show that the real world applications and uses for the average person have been slow to keep up. 
 
Looking forward for the next six months, PwC predicts that 60% of the US will have 5G coverage, but less than 2% of devices will be 5G enabled. Right now, fewer than 1% of mobile devices currently in use are 5G enabled. Despite the discrepancy, PwC Principal Dan Hays said by the end of year, more mainstream 5G-capable devices will be available for purchase.

Almost 90% of organizations with more than 10,000 employees are still running Windows 7, compared with only 61% of those with less than 1,000. The larger and more complex the company, the more challenging and time-consuming it can be to accomplish a mass migration of all users and PCs.

If your organization still has Windows 7 computers that you need to protect, you do have some options. First, if you haven^t already done so, you^ll want to take a complete inventory to see how many Windows 7 PCs are still in use. You^ll then need to determine exactly what^s required to upgrade those PCs. Beyond looking at general office or corporate computers, remember to track any computers used with laboratory equipment and other external systems. "In addition to office computers, there are likely still many industrial control systems and other connected devices that run on Windows 7," Tom Montroy, data scientist at BitSight, said. "In situations like that, migration can be especially tough and costly since the companies may need to interact directly with the manufacturer to perform the upgrade." Yes, a migration away from Windows 7 can be expensive and time-consuming. But remember that all it takes is one security incident against a PC running an unsupported operating system to potentially affect your network.