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Is your IT out of date? Great! for hackers that is.

Cyber Security is no new issue but more sophisticated methods of stealing our precious data are being thought up every day.  A recent article in Third Force News hits home that Cyber Security is the biggest threat to the sector.

Third Force News

As a sector we don’t generally have a lot of spare cash to splash out on fancy IT stuff, and a lot of small organisations will be relying on old tech.  However, in doing so, they are unwittingly opening themselves up to more risk of being attacked and incurring a data breach.  Remember when the NHS was held to ransom?  Had some of its sites not been operating an outdated system (XP that was no longer supported by Microsoft), it most likely wouldn’t have happened. A patch was issued for the latest operating system but it got in through the computers that were using the old systems that went unprotected.

What’s the deal with Window’s 7?  Well in short, it’s the same thing, it will still function but is no longer supported by Microsoft so no help will be available for any technical issues, there will be no more software updates or security updates / fixes.

Microsoft says; “While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10”.

There is of course more to it than just having the latest operating system but its a good start.

For further reading and more steps you can take to protect your organisation, please see Small Business Guide to Cyber Security