Updated software remains critical to protecting data

By Chris Mountford | 22 January 2020

In the modern day, it would be hard to find a bank or accountancy firm that was running an outdated Operating System (OS). After all, businesses holding sensitive data need to keep their IT infrastructure as up to date as possible, as it provides better protection against potential security breaches or threats.

At the tail end of 2019, many councils scrambled to update their devices before Microsoft withdrew support for the now obsolete Windows 7. But there are still many systems running on outdated software. Public sector budgets are clearly being squeezed, which undoubtedly limits access to cutting-edge technology at most local government organisations. However, security is one corner which should not be cut, considering that councils are responsible for a wealth of sensitive citizen data.

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