IT systems, everyone needs them. To most, they expect the IT system to ‘just work’ and don’t think about what they need to do to ensure it keeps working.
Once the IT system is in your business, it is easy to forget about it. But with any system, it is important to keep maintaining it and upgrading it, because if you don’t, you could be putting your business at risk.
For example, recently Mircosoft stopped supporting Windows 7 operating system. It is estimated that over 40% of businesses in the UK still work on this system and have not upgraded to Windows 10.
What this means, is you are opening up your business to a potential cyber-attack. Because there are no upgrades available for this system it means important features such as security will not be able to operate effectively. Therefore, hacking into your business and stealing information and data has suddenly become a lot easier for cybercriminals.
If you don’t regularly update and look after your IT systems, when a new version comes out or an old version ceases to exist, it can take months to get your business back on track and secure.
Taking the Windows 7 example again. For a medium-sized business to upgrade 100 PCs to the more up to date system can take up to 3 months. That is 3 months that you could be putting your business at risk of a cyber-attack.
With the whole world of business now online, it is critical that the business takes care of its IT systems to ensure it is safe and can operate effectively. Just because you can’ t need IT in action, shouldn’t mean you look after it the way you would another piece of equipment.
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