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The Importance of Keeping Your Systems Up-to-Date

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The Importance of Keeping Your Systems Up-to-Date

As computer systems become increasingly complex, they rely on more and more software running simultaneously. From programs that users interact with such as Microsoft Word and Google Chrome, to operating systems like Windows or MacOS, a computer has to rely on a multitude of different programs working together at any one time to function correctly. With so many different programs operating together, security concerns can appear whenever a cyberattacker discovers a vulnerability in one of the software. As will be discussed in this article, there are many reasons to ensuring that your software is always up-to-date.

Update Your Server OS

Improved Security
Software fixes are often deployed by developers and cybersecurity professionals through patches. In order to apply these fixes to your own system, the patch has to be downloaded and installed. If these security fixes are neglected, it can lead to software being vulnerable to cyberattacks such as ransomware and data stealing trojans. Consequences of infection can impact both your operational efficiency, as well as cause financial and reputational damage to your organization. As a result, it is essential to maintain your security by keeping your software up-to-date. By doing so, you ensure that you are always prepared to handle these types of cyberattacks.

Increasing Productivity
Software updates often come with new productivity and connectivity features that provide you and your team with additional tools to collaborate effectively. For instance, new integrations with various platforms such as Office 365 and other programs may be introduced to reduce the amount of work that your team needs to do in their current workflows. Keeping your software up-to-date ensures that your organization’s employees always have the optimal tools at their disposal.

Reduce Data Privacy Compliance Issues
Many industries have specific data handling compliance procedures that they need to adhere to. Failure to do so can result in financial or legal consequences to your organization, as important and confidential data may be leaked or stolen and released to the public. An important aspect of keeping this sensitive information safe from cyberattack and other threats is by ensuring that your software is up-to-date.

Avoid Compatibility Issues

Oftentimes, software may not operate properly if it is out of date. This is due to the face that it may rely on compatibility with specific operating system versions. When one aspect of your computer’s software is left out of date while others are kept updated, the chance of compatibility issues grows.

At GIGE, we understand that managing software updates for all of your organization’s devices can be a time consuming and strenuous undertaking. We can assist manage and deploy updates for you, with customized plans available depending on your IT’s specific requirements and budgetary needs. Don’t let your IT hinder your organization’s performance. Call us at +1 888 366 4443 or email info@gige.ca to get started with us today.

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