Spending money on IT solutions can be a costly outlay for small and medium businesses, so it’s easy to understand why you might feel uneasy about changing a working system that is familiar and people feel comfortable with. But failing to keep your systems up with the times might be putting your business at risks you maybe hadn’t considered.
To highlight some of these issues studies have shown that between 70% and 80% of the top 10 malware infections detected could be avoided if technology was updated correctly. If your company is running windows XP you are 6x more likely to be infected with malware than if you are running Windows 8. Windows Server 2003 is also coming to end of support in July 2015, in simple terms this means you will be at greater risk from cyber threats and third party exploits.
The top 5 risks of using outdated technology are:
1. Security holes
Outdated software leaves you vulnerable to cyber attacks
2. Legal and regulatory compliance risks
Auditors can fine companies that don’t transition from unsupported software. You might even invalidate your office insurance.
3. Crashes and downtime
More time fixing issues rather than concentrating on your business
4. Increased costs
Spending money fixing issues and papering over the cracks
5. Decreased productivity
Employees working around problems and issues rather than performing normal day to day functions
It may seem a chore updating your systems but many businesses are now taking advantage of additional services such as Cloud computing. This, in addition to more secure and reliable systems can help businesses get ahead in their industries and sectors. Many business owners believe new technologies have been a key factor in allowing them to grow and a majority of these also believe it has reduced other IT costs previously incurred.
The benefits of upgrading your IT software are becoming more obvious and with so many additional benefits it might be time to change.
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