Outdated operating systems pose a serious security threat to your network. These “legacy” systems are easily exploited by hackers who have been practicing for years. That’s why you need to make sure your operating system is up to date.
And if you’re using Windows 7, be aware that Microsoft will no longer support this operating system as of January 14, 2020. That means no more security updates!
A legacy operating system is an operating system (OS) not in widespread use, or that has been replaced by an updated version of earlier technology. For example, with the release of Windows XP, Windows 9x became a legacy platform. This evolution is continuing to take place and not only with Windows; Mac OS, Linux and other platforms are also at risk.
You may think these systems are cheaper, but they pose serious threats. Threats are continually changing against the language, encryption, applications and algorithms. Time and technology advances have armed attackers, with cloud computing power and knowledge on the weakness of older algorithms.
Unfortunately, some businesses simply don’t realize they’re at risk.
Windows 10 is not as vulnerable as the older ones because Microsoft invests heavily in strengthening their security, but those improvements cannot be used to retrofit older versions.
Last April Microsoft released a handful of security updates for Windows 2003 and XP operating systems to try and prevent another “WannaCry” ransomware attack. These older systems are very vulnerable.
Read this report for more information on those updates. https://www.thethreatreport.com/microsoft-reminds-user-to-update-the-legacy-operating-systems/
Now is the time to protect your data by making sure your legacy operating systems are up-to-date.
Overall, a few reasons to replace your legacy system:
- Maintaining a system may eventually become more expensive than replacing the hardware and software in the long-run.
- Maintaining and expanding systems can be difficult because there is a lack of understanding about how they are run.
- A lack of security patches within older systems may lead to vulnerabilities and this could put the system at risk of being compromised.
- New systems may be difficult to integrate with the older technologies as there may not be sufficient demand for the integration technology.
- IT workers are retiring, and younger professionals are not training with bygone computer languages. Legacy professionals will be difficult to replace.
- Many legacy systems are not designed to deal with rapidly expanding mobile services; in addition, they are unable to offer the capabilities necessary to offer services on social networks and other platforms.
- Legacy systems have a difficult time with application compatibility and failing to keep up with the IT trends is a significant dark mark for any small business.
Legacy applications need monitoring, maintenance, and functional modifications. The libraries and frameworks that applications use can go out-of-date quickly, and that’s where we can help. We want to make sure all of your operating systems and equipment are up to date and protected.