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Risks of Using Discontinued Software: Security and Privacy

February 24, 2014

Thought I would share this great post…

Healthcare Tech Buzz

ITsystemsecurityIn an increasingly technology-dependent world, software systems are constantly in development and older versions are often left discontinued. End-users should be aware of the risks of using discontinued software and take the necessary steps to understand security and privacy risks to avoid exposure to cyber crime and other privacy vulnerabilities.

In this week’s post, ARITHMOS discusses how service providers should always keep systems up to date with the latest security patches. Discontinued software versions should be considered a high security risk for critical IT components and should be mitigated by upgrading to supported versions or migrating to newer solutions in other platforms.

Cyber security attacks are often caused by unpatched software systems, and this could be the sign of a discontinued software system at risk. Normally during the life cycle of a product, manufacturers produce patches to ensure security. Product maintenance usually ends when the life cycle of the product…

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