Expired hardware and software are one of the top security risks that can get in the way of your success. If your organization still uses outdated technology, you could be putting your daily operations at risk.
Let’s go over three popular myths regarding End-of-Service (EoS), in order to figure out why these myths can be so damaging.
If a product or service isn’t broken, there’s no reason to fix or replace it.
By failing to update your tech, your organization’s network is exposed to security flaws and social engineering attacks. Things like phishing, ransomware, and data breaches could be just around the corner. It’s always better to replace your technology before there’s a problem. New hardware and software often have security patches for older issues, and they’re more stable than previous versions. They also tend to come with better features and enhancements that may increase business productivity.
End of Life means the product will completely disappear.
While the product is still likely available, there won’t be any more security updates from the manufacturer. As time goes on, the vulnerability goes up. This can make life difficult for your IT team, who are trying to secure your environment from cyber attacks.
End of Service just means I can use the product until it breaks.
EoS means there’s no longer a dedicated team working on security-related issues for the product. You won’t be able to use any new or enhanced features, and will likely suffer from having poor cybersecurity hygiene.
If you’re not sure how to switch hardware or software on your own, discuss making changes with your IT service provider. It’s important to have guidance and expertise in order to keep your IT infrastructure strong.
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