Outdated Business Software Increases Security Risks

Cybercrime is on the rise, and both large and small businesses are facing an increasing number of attempted data breaches. 

According to Symantec's 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, 1 in 40 small businesses are at risk of being a victim of cyber attacks, along with 1 in 2 large businesses. Malicious phishing attacks have increased in the past several years, and one of the most crucial points of weakness among businesses of all sizes is outdated software.

"It makes sense for businesses to invest in cloud solutions."

All software has limited lifespans, including the programs we have at home and the ones we use to outfit our businesses. Developers will generally spend several years supporting their software and issuing updates and patches to address serious bugs and security vulnerabilities. Eventually, however, they will stop supporting old software when it is time to focus on the latest offerings.

Businesses often struggle to keep up with this cycle. In 2014, SC Magazine reported that only 63 percent of companies said their software was up to date. Specifically, most businesses said they struggled with third-party applications, such as Java, which is notorious for security issues. Attempting to operate computers with outdated software can open up a whole host of vulnerabilities.

Given the time and energy it takes to maintain legacy software – and the increased risk of data breaches that occurs when this is not done – it makes sense for businesses to invest in cloud solutions. These are updated more frequently and according to the latest security standards.

A legacy system modernization effort can be a major challenge for a business that wants to take advantage of what the cloud has to offer, but there's a way forward. Try Inventu's Flynet Viewer, which is a cost-effective and flexible solution that can also handle large-scale development. Visit our solutions page to learn more.