The Hidden Risk Of Cyber Crime In Older Software

Many businesses are relying on old software, written in code from a time before today’s most damaging cybercrimes even existed.

The applications you’re using could potentially be written in programming languages which are no longer used or taught, meaning they’re more likely to have flaws that can be exploited by cyber criminals.

As systems age, the amount of potentially vulnerable code continues to grow. The presence of unmaintained or abandoned code can create new weaknesses, putting your business at huge risk.

Antivirus programs don’t offer enough protection as most don’t cater for aging systems and the majority will not scan for inactive code, these are the points where legacy systems are most vulnerable.

Legacy-specific antivirus applications cannot protect against attacks that target dead code. Malware attacks can rely on inactive code therefore go undetected, so it’s easy for an organisation to be unaware that it has been compromised.

You may think you’re being responsible and avoiding disruption to your business, employees and customers but in fact, you could be gambling your enterprise, your data, your financial resources, your security and your reputation.

With so much at stake, organisations must take action to reduce potentially catastrophic risk, we recommend:

  • Carrying out a full code review and audit to assess the risk
  • Identifying and eliminating inactive code
  • Documenting changes – critical to protecting the integrity of the system
  • Re-evaluating the processes associated with changes to business rules
  • Applying the least privilege principle and apply strong passwords – legacy systems often allow weaker passwords than required by today’s standards
  • Viewing security as a continuous process, not as a one off fix
  • Maintaining security patches to keep the system up to date with the latest vulnerability fixes

We’re willing to work with legacy code and systems and have years of experience in assessing and recommending refinements to reduce your risk of cybercrime. Upgrading old software may seem like a painful process, but deferring it could be catastrophic for your business.

Speak with our experienced team about upgrading your systems to protect your business, Contact Us today.

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