Your company has just spent a substantial sum of money to upgrade its computer infrastructure, but if it fails to overlook the need to constantly update its software than it is leaving itself open to disaster. Software updates should not be neglected. These vital updates help secure your network and protect it from ever evolving hacks and malware. These updates provide your company with the ability to keep its competitive edge and excel in today’s contentious market place.
The larger your business’ IT infrastructure is, the more complex your upgrading process becomes. The more workstations in use, the harder it becomes to track which ones need updates. This need is amplified for businesses whose employees utilize mobile device technology. A simple solution to this fundamental task is to host your critical applications on your company servers. This way, you don’t have to think about each individual company device when installing updates. By simply installing the needed updates on your server you have a global solution to your update problem. Unfortunately there are some software that cannot be loaded directly onto the server, and your IT people must be aware of the situation and keep checking for new updates
Here are just a few of the risks that running outdated software will present to your company.
Outdated Software Increases Security Issues
Outdated software is a ticking bomb within your company. One of the main reasons for software updates is to download security patch upgrades. Computer hackers pay close attention to the release dates of security patches so they get tipped off to the vulnerabilities of the previous versions. Hackers then write code to specifically attack computers using the older versions of this software in order to extract personal and company data for their gain. Most viruses are created with the intention to hack into company servers via outdated operating systems (like Windows XP, set to expire April 8, 2014), company software, and mobile device apps. Once a device or server is penetrated, your company will be spending a lot of time and money playing cleanup. You will find your company in the unenviable position of having to explain to clients why, your sensitive data like contact information, banking accounts, employee records, customer transactions, and more has been stolen and exploited. The best kind of protection your network can have is to be proactive and constantly downloading the necessary upgrades to your software as they are released.
Outdated Software Cripples Workflow
Security issues are not the only risk you take by not updating your company software; your employee’s work day can even be disrupted. For example, there are many applications that your company may use that create documents and files that aren’t backwards compatible (files don’t comply with previous versions of the software). If a team of your employees is working on the same project, but running different versions of the software, then compatibility issues may occur that block progress on the project. The best way to insure that this does not occur is to make sure you upgrade every copy of your software across your network, including mobile versions.
Make Time to Upgrade
making system wide upgrades should be your company’s number one priority. You should implement a policy that allows for immediate upgrade to all software. We understand the difficulty of managing these system updates for every piece of company equipment along with all of your other business tasks, but your company can’t afford the risk of being hacked or having your employee productivity levels decrease.
Finding the necessary time to update your system and keep up with your network maintenance can be a daunting task. Quikteks can help. By outsourcing your IT needs to us, you’ll be handing over this responsibility, and we will not let you or your vital systems down. We will download all the important updates to your server while utilizing remote maintenance and monitoring tools that allow us to oversee your network in order to find outdated software and security vulnerabilities. We can then upgrade your software remotely using our Remote Monitoring and Maintenance (RMM) tools. This allows you to focus on running your business. To learn more about Quikteks managed IT services, give us a call at 973-882-4644.