Outdated Software: Understanding The Risks


Technology is growing by leaps and bounds. Seemingly each day there is a new gadget or program designed to improve efficiency, safeguard data or simply make our day-to-day lives easier. While investing in all the market has to offer isn’t feasible for most companies, making certain upgrades is essential, especially if it’s been some time since the last system revision. Otherwise, you could be setting up your business for unnecessary risks.

What are the risks of outdated software? First and foremost, there are the cybersecurity risks. Legacy systems and other forms of outdated software can leave an organization’s entire system vulnerable to the actions of cybercriminals. From malware attacks such as drive-by downloads to ransomware, wrongdoers can gain unauthorized access and steal data from a company by exploiting the known vulnerabilities in outdated software. They may even use this access to install malicious software, leading to additional attacks over time.

Such vulnerabilities arise because out-of-date systems often lack the necessary security patches and updates. Whether due to user error or software that is no longer supported, these gaps make the system more susceptible to attacks and exploitation from within the company. Avoiding these threats typically requires installing antivirus software and keeping it up to date with security patches. It may also call for optimizing the system with the latest hardware and cybersecurity measures.

Another risk a company takes by using outdated software is poor system efficiency. Slow load times, incompatibility with new technologies and so on can make it difficult for employees to complete their tasks. What’s more, employees may face frustration at work if an old system disrupts workflows, which then impacts their ability to work swiftly and productively. Businesses need to be mindful of such disruptions and the impact they can potentially have on employees, the customer experience and the bottom line.

Of course, maintaining up-to-date tech may not only be costly, but it could be confusing as well. If you’re having trouble deciding which upgrades to make or prioritize, you should reach out to professionals for support. IT providers can identify outmoded hardware and software, offer actionable solutions and give advice on keeping your company’s system working at peak performance. This, in turn, helps provide protection from ever-evolving security threats while boosting overall efficiency.

These are just some of the risks you should be aware of and work to avoid. If you would like to learn more about the risks of outdated software and how to keep your business protected, please see the accompanying resource from Black Line IT.

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