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    January 30, 2024

    The risks of using software beyond end of life

    In the fast-evolving world of technology, all software has a finite lifespan. Developers release updates and patches to address vulnerabilities and improve performance, but eventually, the time comes when a piece of software reaches its "end of life" (EOL). Yet, many organizations continue to use software well beyond this point, exposing themselves to significant risks. In this article, we'll explore why you should avoid using software after its EOL and how Nemko's vulnerability scans and penetration tests can help ensure the security of your systems.

    The dangers of using EOL software

    When software reaches its EOL, it no longer receives updates, patches, or security fixes from the developer. This leaves your systems vulnerable to a range of potential issues:

    1. Security Vulnerabilities: Hackers are constantly evolving their techniques, and as time passes, the number of known vulnerabilities increases EOL software is an easy target for hackers as they will never get patched.
    2. Compliance Risks: Many industries have regulatory requirements regarding the use of up-to-date software to protect sensitive data. Continuing to use EOL software can put your organization at odds with compliance standards.
    3. System Instability: Over time, EOL software may become unstable, leading to unexpected crashes, data loss, and downtime.
    4. Reduced Performance: Without updates, your software's performance can degrade, resulting in slower operation and decreased efficiency.


    Vulnerability scans and penetration tests

    To mitigate the risks associated with using EOL software, organizations need to take a proactive approach to security. That's where Nemko comes in. Our vulnerability scans and penetration tests are designed to identify and address EOL software being used within your systems.

    Vulnerability Scans

    These scans involve a comprehensive assessment of your systems, searching for security vulnerabilities in your software, configurations, and network. With Nemko's vulnerability scans, you can:

    • Identify and prioritize vulnerabilities.
    • Develop a plan to address these issues.
    • Improve your overall security posture.

    Penetration tests

    Nemko's penetration tests go a step further by simulating real-world cyberattacks on your systems. This approach allows you to:

    • Understand how a potential attacker might exploit vulnerabilities.
    • Test your system's ability to withstand an attack.
    • Develop and implement effective security measures.

    Typical process of penetration testing

    By partnering with Nemko for vulnerability scans and penetration tests, you're taking a proactive stance against potential security threats. Here's why you should choose us:

    1. Expertise: Our team of experienced cybersecurity professionals knows the latest attack techniques and vulnerabilities.
    2. Tailored Solutions: We customize our services to meet your specific needs and objectives.
    3. Regular Assessments: Regular scans and tests ensure that your systems remain secure over time, adapting to new threats and vulnerabilities.
    4. Cost-Effective: Investing in Nemko's services is a cost-effective way to mitigate security risks, potentially saving you from the financial implications of a data breach or system downtime.

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    Geir Hørthe

    Geir Hørthe is responsible for the Nemko cyber security initiative. He has worked at Nemko for more than 30 years, in the capacity of test services, lab manager of safety, ATEX and medical departments. He has also been Managing Director at the Nemko office in London for two years. After he returned to Norway, he held...

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