Why is data so vul­ner­a­ble?

The Week (US) - - News 11 -

Poor se­cu­rity prac­tices are partly to blame. De­spite the over­all rise in spend­ing on cy­ber­se­cu­rity, many com­pa­nies ne­glect to keep their sys­tems reg­u­larly up­dated and patched. Equifax blamed a sin­gle em­ployee for not in­stalling a soft­ware update that would have pre­vented the breach. Many or­ga­ni­za­tions and gov­ern­ment agen­cies are re­luc­tant to up­grade be­cause of the cost and ser­vice dis­rup­tion in­volved, leav­ing so-called legacy tech­nol­ogy in place for years. About 7 per­cent of com­put­ers around the world still run 2001’s Win­dows XP, mak­ing it the third most pop­u­lar op­er­at­ing sys­tem. But Mi­crosoft stopped sup­port­ing XP in 2014, leav­ing it highly vul­ner­a­ble to hack­ers. Most data is also stored un­en­crypted. Only 4 per­cent of breaches since 2013 have been so-called se­cure breaches, in which

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