Obsolete or legacy software that doesn’t receive security updates as they have reached the end of life is a potential temptation for cyber-attacks. Despite this security risk, several firms are continuing to operate outdated software.
An initial reason for maintaining legacy systems in large enterprises is completely related to the upgrading cost. The perceived cost in money and time to update systems is often witnessed as greater than the risks of using the End-of-Life (EOL) product.
In some cases, internal software has become custom-built for a defined purpose but is no longer updated by the original creators. Regardless of such rationale, ignoring the End-of-Service (EOS) warning can expose organizations to open a variety of unforeseen cyber-attacks.