OPERATING SYSTEMS Windows
Kaspersky released the results of the survey on April 2. About 22 percent of PCs still run Microsoft Windows OS, which stopped receiving mainstream support in January 2020.
Cyberattacks provide potential ways to gain access, while operating systems reach the end of their lives. When you no longer receive security updates, use the last operating system of your life. According to Kaspersky, updating a system’s OS is critical.
“Oliver Tavakoli” Told would be a good place to take steps to provide incentives and programs for government or NGOs to upgrade as it has made the whole ecosystem more secure.
Windows 7 still users are customers, small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) and very small businesses (VSBs). The survey noted that about a quarter of VSBs still use older OSes because they lack dedicated IT staff.
According to Oleg Gorobets (Kaspersky’s Senior Product Marketing Manager) updating your operating system may seem like a nuisance to many, but OS updates aren’t just about fixing bugs or new interfaces. Updating introduces fixes for all those bugs that could open an empty door for cyber criminals to enter.
Oleg Gorobets suggested that “even if you think you are secure, updating your OS without considering the presence of third-party security solutions is an essential element of security that should not be overlooked.”
If the OS is obsolete, it can no longer receive updates. He also told that “The same attitude is needed to ensure the security of the operating system you trust with valuable data every day.
Lack of full disclosure
New Net Technologies‘ “Dark Schrader” (global vice president of security research) noted that other sources in the market share of Microsoft Windows desktop operating systems include Windows for the same percentage as Kaspersky Studies. “Unfortunately, there is no mention of base data on how many devices have been checked.
Microsoft has told OEM makers of PCs and laptops to finish selling Windows 7 as a preinstalled OS by October 31, 2016. Many companies and local or state administrations have computer hardware usage policies where the expected lifespan of a device will be longer than the time elapsed since the date.
If upgrading to the latest OS version is not possible, companies will consider this open attack vector as their threat model. Be sure to create some smart partitions of weak nodes from the rest of the network.
Use end point protection solutions using cloud protection and prevention technology. Small office security applications that help reduce the risk of exploiting uncommon vulnerabilities found in obsolete operating systems such as Microsoft Windows 7 and earlier.
Make sure your devices are tight, firewall rules are restricted, and they are in separate parts of your network, using VLAN or internal firewall zones.
source : Jack M. Germain