Don’t let a Cyber breach be your legacy

Using out of date legacy software and hardware is a major cybersecurity risk faced by many organisations.

Many of the cybersecurity breaches we see in the media are often caused by the failure to implement the latest vulnerability patches or update out-of-date software and hardware. Sometimes the vulnerabilities have been known about for months or even perhaps years.

The Risks

There are many risks that come from continuing to use out-of-date software and hardware. These include:

  • Making your systems an easier and juicer target for cyber attackers as they’re more vulnerable to malware infections and other security threats. For example, if you’re still running Windows XP you are 10x more likely to be infected or attacked.
  • Lack of support – Most old software no longer receives regular patches against the latest ever-changing threats.
  • Higher Maintenance costs – With no support when things go wrong or break it will prove difficult and costly to get them fixed.
  • Reputational damage – If your organisation is shown to still be using out-of-date and vulnerable software and/or hardware customers may have second thoughts about using your services. The fallout from a breach is also likely to be worse causing embarrassment to your organisation.
  • Uncompetitive – Technology is changing all the time and so is the cyber threat. If you’re not keeping up with your competitors they will likely take advantage.
  • Supply chain – Members of a supply chain that have smaller budgets may be using legacy systems allowing hackers a way to breach other members of the chain and find an easier way in rather through the side door to get to their ultimate target.

Why do businesses use out dated software/hardware?

Updating an organisation’s systems is often expensive, time consuming and seen as a resource strain.

Boards often need to see proof that such endeavours are worth it, after all, they have to juggle a thousand other things to ensure their business continues to make a profit.

Important and valuable data may be stored on old systems that are deemed too valuable to risk by replacing and the old adage of ‘we bought it so we’re going to use it’ often plays a role. After all, if you’ve spent a lot then you want to get as much out of it as possible for as long as possible.

Often the need to update is only driven home when the inevitable cyber-attacks occur.

We also need to spare a thought for the people in charge of the organisation's IT systems. Often, they are understaffed, underfunded and under pressure.

You may think that implementing the latest patches would be easy, but when you have a million other tasks to take care of this can sometimes fall by the wayside. This is where CyberScore™ comes in.

How can CyberScore™ help?

CyberScore™ offers a deep, comprehensive analysis of your network, automatically, in seconds.

A CyberScore™ scan will securely assess your network and obtain a highly detailed picture of the systems present to allow you to understand the risks you face from any vulnerable software and/or hardware on the network.

Once a scan is complete a Get Well Plan is produced that gives you an easy-to-understand list of what needs doing to improve your cybersecurity posture and is ideal for sharing with senior management or board members to keep them up to date on potential threats and how they are being managed.

As well as the Get Well Plan, CyberScore™ also produces an in-depth Patch Report that lists all of the required updates needed to ensure that operating systems and applications on the network are on the latest versions, and therefore as secure as they can be.  

With the nature of threats and the management of vulnerabilities within every organisation changing frequently its best practice to run a CyberScore™ scan at least monthly. For large enterprises, we recommend weekly scanning.

Check out the latest release of CyberScore™ here

Want to learn more about how CyberScore™ can help secure your business? Visit our website at www.xqcyber.com/cyberscore and if you want to give yourself the very best protection against cyber security threats try out CyberScore™ for free now!

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