A common issue amongst businesses is that business critical software and operating systems are not updated as frequently as required.
When internal IT teams are overrun or external support is not in place, software updates often go amiss and it has been reported that over 55% of the world’s software packages are out of date.
So, here’s the thing… Many people believe that updates are a way of receiving great new tools and features, which is often the case BUT the main reason for updates / patches is that they are critical in maintaining security and reducing vulnerability; removing bugs and viruses that could potentially pose a threat to your business.
Having out of date software within your business is quite literally like handing out an open invitation for hackers to access your data, and it’s only a matter of time before your systems will be compromised.
Here are some UK cyber security statistics:
– A cyber attack happens every 39 seconds in the UK
– 43% affected are SME businesses
– The average cost of a cyber attack is £65,000
Not only does a cyber attack cause mass disruption to your business, many of those affected won’t survive / recover.
The most proactive and vigilant solution to consider, is moving business critical software and functions to the cloud. When you move to the cloud one of the many advantages is that you will always be automatically up to date on the latest and greatest software, without having to do or worry about a thing.
To find out more about the benefits of moving to the cloud (there are plenty!) please read our related blog post, or alternatively get in touch to discuss updating your software / migrating to the cloud with one of our IT experts.