Some people and organizations will install security software on their IT system once and not give it another thought for months or even years at a time. Many are also guilty of ignoring the ‘update your software’ notification, telling themselves that they will deal with it later. While this is easy to do, especially if you’re running a busy business, it places your network at great risk. By persisting with out-of-date software, you are increasing the likelihood that cybercriminals will be able to exploit weaknesses and hack into your network. Not only that but as time goes on, you will notice that your system will not run as efficiently and may not be compatible with other software you’re using.
Here are big reasons why you should be utilizing the latest security software.
1. Cyber Crime is a Bigger Problem Than Ever
In May 2017 a number of large institutions and corporations across the world were hit by the WannaCry ransomware attack. Over 200,000 computers had data held to ransom by hackers (including the UK’s National Health Service), which ran into billions of dollars. The attack exploited a weakness in computers which were running Microsoft Windows and had not applied recent security updates issued by Microsoft. Cybercriminals are always working out new ways to target software weaknesses, but the software providers are also countering with updates to fix these issues and protect their users. By using old or out-of-date software, you are putting your business at risk of data loss, operational downtime, and financial losses.
2. Keep Your Security Up to Date with Your Business
Businesses evolve all the time, and the way you work and store information may not be the same as it was the last time you installed security software. It may leave you open to cybercrime tactics which you hadn’t previously considered. For example, if your employees are using their own devices such as laptops which they take home, or you’re issuing mobile devices for them to use, you should be investing in endpoint security products to protect your network across all your devices. In addition, if you’re installing other software elsewhere, you may find that your old security software isn’t compatible.
3. Hackers Can Disable Your Automatic Updates
Even if you have previously installed security software, it is possible for hackers to be able to turn it off remotely. You may not know that this has happened so hackers will be able to access your network and sensitive information and damage your business without your knowledge. Ensuring you always have the latest updates and are installing the most recent security software will make this kind of attack less likely.
4. Infections Can Be Passed On
Viruses which are sent via email can be passed on just like a real virus if you forward the email on or share USBs or flash drives. Up-To-Date anti-virus software will alert you when an email or file arrives which is dangerous so you can prevent it from spreading.
5. New Software Often Means New & Improved Features
In addition to the increased cybersecurity, installing the latest software and updating regularly will give your business access to better functionality and new features. You’ll be able to work more efficiently, provide better working experience for your employees and deliver a more secure service to your customers.