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Delays in updating operating systems place organizations at greater risk

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June 5, 2017

According to a new survey performed by Duo Security, various delays in updating software and operating systems on PCs and workstations are placing several organizations at greater risk of internet attacks.

The report is based on real-world data and reveals that less than 31 percent of Windows devices are running the latest version, Windows 10. The survey was also based on a global dataset of 4.6 million enterprise devices.

Worse, about 53 percent of PCs are running an out-of-date version of Flash, leaving them wide open to various security vulnerabilities.

Additionally, more than 13 percent of Windows devices are running an unsupported version of the Internet Explorer browser, and still many are running the 3 year old and unsupported Windows XP OS.

Duo Security reports that the scenario becomes darker when the spotlight is placed on the healthcare segment of the industry.

About 77.4 percent of all healthcare organizations are running Windows 7, higher than the industry average and likely a factor in why the NHS fared so badly during the recent WannaCrypt ransomware attack.

A small minority (about 3 percent) of all Windows devices are still running totally unsupported Windows XP. Microsoft stopped supporting XP in April 2014.

Source: Duo Security.

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