Terry Cutler – The Ethical Hacker
Home » The Dangers of Running Outdated Software
Business Content

The Dangers of Running Outdated Software

Your software is only as good as its last patch. Reaching End of Life (EoL) or End of Service (EoS) means critical patches and updates are no longer available, leaving you vulnerable to various problems.

Some make the mistake of not rushing to upgrade the software because it is still functional. However, outdated software can lead to security risks, data loss, compliance issues and more.

This blog will discuss the direct implications of running outdated software and explain why taking action is crucial when your software reaches EoL or EoS.

Implications of using outdated software

The implications of running outdated software fall into three categories: 

Security implications

Using outdated software can have severe security implications, such as:

  • You no longer receive security patches from the vendor, leaving your system vulnerable to known exploits. 
  • Threat actors may have already reverse-engineered the software and developed exploit code, making it easier for them to compromise your system. 
  • Running outdated software may cause compatibility issues with other software and hardware, leading to data loss or corruption. 
  • Using outdated software may violate your organization’s security policies, hindering a secure future and operational excellence.

Privacy implications

Privacy implications of using outdated software can be severe. If the software is no longer supported by its vendor and contains sensitive information, you could be at risk of receiving a data privacy fine. 

For example, in the United States, the Federal Trade Commission is taking action against Chegg Inc. for failing to patch vulnerabilities that exposed sensitive information about millions of its customers and employees, such as Social Security numbers, email addresses and passwords. Chegg allegedly couldn’t address problems despite four security breaches over five years. 

According to the FTC’s proposed order, the company must immediately address vulnerabilities and take additional steps, such as limiting the amount of data it can collect and retain, providing users with multifactor authentication to secure their accounts, and allowing users to access and delete their data.

Productivity implications

Outdated software can have severe productivity implications for a business. If the software runs slowly, crashes or is challenging to use, it can frustrate employees and disrupt workflows. It can lead to a poor customer experience, damaging a company’s reputation and bottom line. It is important to keep software up to date to avoid these problems.

We understand and can help 

You’ve already taken the first step toward securing your company by recognizing the dangers of using outdated software. We understand. You’ll have to set aside extra time and effort while running an organization. Partnering with a cybersecurity service provider like us can ease your worry.

To protect your business, we can help you identify outdated software and hardware. We can keep you up to date on the latest security threats and how to mitigate them. We can also update your systems to the latest versions to ensure protection. For a consultation, feel free to contact us www.CyberSecurityMadeEasy.com 

We’ll get you there.

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required

Related posts

Classiscam returns

Terry Cutler

Fake charity scams exploits Ukraine

Terry Cutler

Cyber Security Today, Week in Review for Friday, January 27, 2023

Terry Cutler

Top technologies for scalability

Terry Cutler

Agriculture hackers attacking farmers

Terry Cutler

Cyber Security Today, Week in Review for Feb. 18, 2022

Terry Cutler

LEARN THE SECRETS OF THE WORLD’S MOST SUCCESSFUL CYBER SECURITY EXPERTS. Close I'm Interested

Privacy & Cookies Policy