Why Outdated Tech Puts Your Business at Risk

Did you know hardware and software expire too? 

We’re all familiar with the concept of a “use by date,” often associated with perishable goods and medications, indicating when a product is no longer safe to consume. However, it may surprise you that just like groceries and medicines, your software and hardware can also expire. 

This phenomenon arises from the constant evolution of technology. What was once considered cutting-edge can swiftly become obsolete. While some people may not pay much attention to using outdated technology, it poses significant security and privacy risks for your business. Outdated technology lacks the robust security features and patches that modern versions receive from the manufacturer’s support team. This vulnerability makes your devices and data more susceptible to cyberattacks. Moreover, obsolete technology may not comply with current privacy regulations, putting your data at further risk. 

So, what does this mean for your organization? Keeping up with the latest software and hardware is crucial. To shield your Nevada-based business from the pitfalls of outdated technology, it’s essential to have a plan in place for when your systems reach their expiration date. 

End-of-Support Alert: Office 2013 

In April 2023, Microsoft will cease support for Office 2013. This lack of support means you won’t receive technical assistance, bug fixes, or security updates from Microsoft, leaving potential vulnerabilities unaddressed. Even if your Office 2013 apps continue to function after this date, you risk exposure to security threats like malware, phishing, ransomware, and data theft. 

To ensure your business remains secure, the best course of action is migrating to Microsoft 365. This cloud-based service enhances employee productivity and collaboration while eliminating the risks associated with unsupported software. With its subscription-based model, Microsoft automatically patches vulnerabilities that hackers might exploit. Importantly, these updates occur seamlessly in the background, ensuring your systems are shielded from sophisticated threats. 

A Proactive Approach Saves Trouble 

If you follow the news, you’re likely aware of the surge in data breaches and cyberattacks affecting businesses of all sizes and industries. This has heightened awareness of cybersecurity’s global importance. However, many organizations still fail to take adequate precautions. One of the most significant mistakes a business can make is assuming its existing cybersecurity measures are sufficient—nothing could be further from the truth. 

Investing in supported technologies is among the most advantageous steps to protect your Nevada-based business. These technologies incorporate regular internal security measures and release updates and patches to enhance security and functionality. In case of a data breach or cyberattack, supported technologies have expert teams ready to assist in recovery. 

Always remember, when it comes to cybersecurity, prevention is far more effective than trying to cure the aftermath of an attack. Protecting your Las Vegas and Reno-based business means staying ahead of the technology curve. 

Team Up with iTernal Networks 

Don’t wait until it’s too late to secure your Nevada business. Embrace the future of technology with confidence and ensure your organization remains resilient against emerging cyber threats. Our team of experts is here to guide you through the process of upgrading seamlessly. Contact us today to discuss a tailored plan that aligns with your unique business needs. Together, we can protect your business and ensure that it thrives in this ever-evolving digital landscape. Don’t miss this opportunity to secure your Las Vegas and Reno-based business. Act now to secure your future. 

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