Kaspersky: Use of end-of-life operating systems "incredibly problematic" for business

Kaspersky: Use of end-of-life operating systems "incredibly problematic" for business

Cyber attacks have become a major consideration for organisations in today's interconnected world. According to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), they cost UK businesses £34bn last year. In 2018, US companies lost $654bn as a result of cyber crime.

But given that these threats are growing in scale and complexity, why are so many businesses not taking steps to protect themselves? One reason, according to Kaspersky, is that they're relying on outdated operating systems and software.

In fact, new research from the cyber security firm found that 40% of very small businesses (VSBs) and 48% of small, medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and enterprises are still using an end-of-support desktop OS like Windows XP or Windows 7.

What creates huge risk for organisations is that these operating systems no longer receive updates and bug fixes from the vendor, leaving them exposed to vulnerabilities that could be leveraged by cyber criminals. Kaspersky has warned that "this situation creates a security risk".

The question is, why are businesses still relying on these unsupported systems? Principal security researcher David Emm says that while it may seem obvious that businesses must upgrade from unsupported systems, the reality is far less straightforward. Sometimes, businesses just don't have the money or understanding.

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Nicholas Fearn

Nicholas is a technology journalist from the Welsh valleys. His work has been featured on Engadget, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, TechRadar, The Next Web, Forbes, Computer Weekly, Computing, Mail Online, The Telegraph and many other media outlets. In addition, he edits Tech Dragons, a publication covering STEM in Wales.

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