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3 Technology end-of-service myths

It’s crucial to keep all software and hardware up to date to maintain optimal security. If you don’t, cybercriminals can easily infiltrate your network and the chances for downtime increase significantly. However, many businesses don’t realize that expired software/hardware can be one of the most prominent security risks hindering their success.

If you are among those who continue to use unsupported software and hardware until it doesn’t work anymore, remember that it could be a severe hurdle to your organization’s daily operations and reputation.

We can clarify many myths surrounding End of Service or End of Life for businesses like yours. This blog intends to help you clear things up. 

Debunking the myths

Let’s debunk the most popular myths.

Myth #1: If it’s not broken, don’t fix (or replace) it

The adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is popular, but it would not be wise to follow it regarding software and hardware. When you fail to update your software and hardware when the time comes, you expose your network to security vulnerabilities, bugs and other issues.

Newer software and hardware versions are usually more stable and less prone to crashes and bugs. Moreover, new updates frequently include security patches that keep you safe from cyberattacks. Finally, updates may include new features and enhancements that can make your life easier.

It’s tempting to skip an update; remember, you could be kickstarting a chain of events that’s not good for your organization.

Myth #2: End of Life means the product will no longer exist

Although the product will still be available, it will no longer receive security updates, new features or tech support from the manufacturer. It will become increasingly vulnerable to security risks. It may need help to keep up with your workload.

It also implies that your IT team will need help keeping your IT network and devices secure from cyber threats. If you’re using a piece of hardware or software that has reached the end of its life cycle, you should consider upgrading to a newer model or investing in a new software license.

Myth #3: End of Service means I can still use the product until it breaks

While the software or hardware might still physically work, being in End-of-Life and End-of-Service state means there’s no longer a team of people working to improve the product and look after, communicate, create and release patches should a new security vulnerability arise.

You will be prone to attacks and unable to use newly released features and capabilities. Knowing the End-of-Service dates for your software and hardware can help you plan and ensure you’re not left in the dark when support ends.

Join hands for success

It’s your top priority to keep your software/hardware up to date so your business doesn’t suffer avoidable consequences. However, it can be too much to handle if you try to do it alone. We understand. A cybersecurity service provider can be of assistance.

We can support you by offering vital guidance and expertise so you can decide what steps to take to keep your IT systems running smoothly and securely. If you’re interested in learning more, feel free to reach out for a consultation.  

If you’re interested, please reach out to us for a no-obligation consultation at www.CyberSecurityMadeEasy.com

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