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Mitigating the Risk from End-of-Life Technologies

November 19, 2019

Data breaches are here to stay, and they will only increase in frequency and severity if adequate protection measures are not put in place. Enterprises are increasingly exposing their systems and data to hackers as their employees become more connected to the internet through mobile and IoT devices. The financial, regulatory, and reputation cost of data breaches from the past, for many companies, have proven to surpass the investments in IT systems.

Oftentimes, when facing decisions about investments in IT infrastructure, companies have the tendency to invest in new and innovative technologies rather than updating their outdated infrastructure. End-of-life (EoL) devices and systems expose enterprise data to potential hacks. As the 2016 Security Scorecard research reports, more than half of all breached companies had end-of-Life products in their infrastructure.

EoL products represent a real vulnerability for an enterprise, providing a potential open door to hackers. EoL technologies miss important security patches, bug fixes, and software updates that are key to a system’s overall security. Holding on to EoL devices raises flags of non-compliance with many industry standards and regulatory requirements.

In ideal situations, an EoL product should be replaced by a vendor’s replacement to benefit from new functionalities and security features. Nevertheless, many companies continue to rely on EoL products due tolimited budgets or complacency. As a result, replacing EoLtechnologies is one of the main actions an enterprise can take towards protecting their data and preventing data breaches.

Novus can help companies overcome the vulnerabilities of replacing the EoL solutions through:

  • Scanning your infrastructure for EoL technologies

  • Designing replacement solutions

  • Seamlessly migrating to highly resilient and long-term security solutions which are built to adhere to industry standards

  • Migrating closed end-of-lifeniches to new and open ecosystems

  • Optimizing the offered services and features

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