Prolonged device upgrades threaten cyber-security: Study

The downside of “Cloud First” strategies is that all the old stuff you used before gets forgotten…:

[…] According to a study by cloud and data centre firm NTT India, titled ‘2020 Global Insights Report’, 46.3% of organizations’ assets are ageing or obsolete, compared with 4.3% in 2017, with technology, manufacturing, and automotive industries having the highest percentages of such devices.

“There has been an increase in obsolete and unpatched network devices containing software vulnerabilities, introducing risk, and exposing the organization to information security threats,” the company said in a press release.

The report, which surveyed 1,000 clients covering 800,000 devices, found that obsolete devices have, on average, twice as many vulnerabilities per device (42.2) when compared with ageing (26.8) and current ones (19.4), creating unnecessary risk.

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