Along with modern technology is the rapid increase of cyber security threats. Because businesses tend to be more creative in their line of industry, the black market will never cease to take their innovations a step further. It is a requirement for organisations to invest in their network infrastructure as early as they start operating. However, most companies fail to see the importance of updating or upgrading their tools until such time that a cyber attack is present.
Here are some dangers of maintaining outdated network security tools:
Increased Network Threats and Susceptibility
Although having a cyber security system present in the company may seem sufficient, outdated tools present a substantial risk and may lead to vulnerability to cyber attacks. These tools may be good enough since they still operate fine, but this also imposes hidden dangers that may occur when you least expect it. In fact, the number one hazard of owning obsolete technology are security risks. These easily give attackers the chance to exploit your susceptible resources. Imagine not having the manufacturer actively supporting your servers, anattack will mean complete disaster for your business.
Instability, Downtime and Productivity Loss
It’s definite that obsolete tools (hardware and/or software) can render your company instable in terms of network or cyber security. Apart from this, downtimes can occur at any given time. Getting your system up and running again will demand substantial efforts from your personnel resources thus, affecting your productivity. This is considering that you have your own team to fix these forms of issues, but what if you don’t? The breakdown of your infrastructure might lead you to incur costs
Competition amongst businesses is given whatever your chosen industry is. Research and development teams of organisations will most likely try to anticipate each other’s innovative ideas to take the most advantage in the field. And of course, obsolete tools cannot assist you in achieving the competitive edge. After all, sophisticated applications will help you to connect with your customers better, respond faster, gain more new accounts, and strengthen your relationships with your clients.
Limitations in Responding to Organisational Requirements
Let’s face it, your old systems and servers will limit you in providing the fastest response to your organisation’s Information Technology needs. Modern technology will require you to exert minimum effort in deploying applications to new users in the company. It can also accelerate your ability to answer company queries or initiatives from weeks or months to a few days or a few hours. This also means that you can now focus your attention on developing innovative solutions to the further development of your IT and cyber security resources.
Old-fashioned Company Culture
Using old technology and assigning them to your company’s employees will hinder them from evolving with society in terms of Information Technology is concerned. For as long as you decide to stick with outdated systems, not only will you linger on the old ways of processing your data, you will also be limiting the professional growth of your employees. It may also render some difficulties in communicating with your colleagues in the industry as everyone is opting to upgrade their resources and be in alignment with the rapid progress in the cyber world.
Upgrade Concerns and Issues
It is understandable that some companies decline legacy systems updates due to several reasons. One of which is that some systems are too sensitive to mess with. Some upgrades may include the risk of breaking things, instead of fixing them, so the process to upgrade will require several tests, and allotting time for these testing may sometimes be unpractical to some. However, missing a patch or software update will result to a tougher implementation and of course, be more expensive as time passes. Some updates may also not be available, especially when it is too outdated. Vendors may no longer be in business or the product is already terminated. There are even instances when a product cannot be upgraded at all.
Evidently, continuing to maintain obsolete network tools pose unimaginable hazards to your business. Although they are still operational and working fine, it does not completely mean that they won’t suddenly breakdown and be solved through quick fixes. As the public grows more demanding for modern technology, information technology also offers the best-fit solutions to company requirements that may actually be practical and suited to your constraints.