If network is out-of-date, why bother?

If network is out-of-date, why bother?

When companies talk about security matter, most of them refer to device threads, data center systems security, and application. Few companies put concern on the operating systems (OS) and software they are using. The basic reason why we keep forgetting the operating system condition is simply because it still works properly. When last year operating system still works properly, why bother to re-new it, right? Another reason lays on the way we think. Most of us still think that OS is a mysterious aspect. Although warnings regarding how malware and viruses attack OS is everywhere at the moment, it is sometimes easier to close our eyes and assume that security leakage from Operating System is still improbable. This ignorance is indeed a big hole that needs to be fixed.

Fact remains fact: OS and software is another unsecured point that needs our attention. It is important to use the most updated OS and software in our company. Although the upgrading process requires a lot of effort, it is wise to do this activity at least once a year. Yes- upgrading OS and software may require new hardware or additional memory, scheduled downtime, and most definitely a fair amount of research and testing simply to determine the correct upgrade path; however, this effort is considerably worth to do compare to the loss that we have to face when intruder hacks our system.

Routine upgrades are an essential aspect in every security and risk mitigation plan. It has to be combined with a well-thought –out security strategy that crucial for network’s technical and operational architectures. This action is a proactive defense that protects our company and maintains the stability of our network.

Upgraded and secure networks are a critical component in a company due to many reasons:

–  Protects networks from attacks and natural disaster.

–  To be aligned with current regulations and policies.

–  Prevent unauthorized access.

–  Promote collaboration actions by allowing non-employees to access the network with control-able limitation.

–  Reduce the risk of litigation from loss of data or security breaches.

–  Provide the best solutions to adapt with potential threads.

No matter how complex it is to perform network upgrades, this is part of security prevention that needs to be done by every company. In addition, upgrading is not a one time activity. It needs to be done on routine basis. If a company considers risk mitigation as a serious matter, then it makes sense for IT department to put an eye on what could be the most important security upgrades to the network itself.