As the oldest of the Data Loss Gremlins, Dino looks harmless but in truth he’s a veteran trickster with a history of destroying small businesses. Dino represents the legacy operating systems and outdated equipment that small businesses continue to use. A legacy operating system is an operating system (OS) no longer 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.
Dino is particularly good at convincing businesses to continue running obsolete systems like Windows Server 2003. He tricks them into thinking these systems are cheaper, when in reality they pose detrimental threats. The threat landscape is continually changing against the language, encryption, applications and algorithms. Time and technology advances have armed attackers, like Dino, with cloud computing power and knowledge on the weakness of older algorithms. Dino often allows his hacker-friends into the outdated systems, posing massive security vulnerabilities to businesses. He loves evoking high long-term costs, lost productivity, and non-compliance to his victims. Unfortunately, some businesses simply don’t realize they’re at risk. For example, Windows XP and Windows Vista are some of his favorite systems to run and exploit.
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 is up to date and protected. Together, we can send this stubborn gremlin into retirement.