These days, there’s no shortage of new business technologies and new threat vectors to the enterprise. But what many companies forget is that old technologies pose risks as well, and those risks aren’t going away. In fact, as your legacy systems continue to get more out-of-date while the world around them continues to evolve, the risks may be increasing.
A few of the things that make legacy systems risky include unpatched software, hard-coded passwords, and a failure to draw any budget money for repairs.
Patch me, please!
There are many reasons that a company might not apply all the patches and other recommended fixes for a legacy system. Some software is too business-critical to mess with, and if a patch has the potential to break things, it might get postponed until it’s tested first…and that testing never happens.