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New Network Attacks Happening On Weekends, And With Old Vulnerabilities

By September 2, 2017May 22nd, 2021Cybersecurity

It’s no secret that 2017 is on track to beat 2016 handily in terms of the total number of network breaches, and sadly, 2016 was itself a record-breaking year.

What is less well known is the fact that most of the successful breaches are accomplished via exploits that have been identified for literally years. This is according to a recent report published by Fortinet.

According to their second quarter Global Threat Landscape report, fully 90 percent of companies that have experienced a successful cyber-attack reported that the exploits used by the hackers were at least three years old. In 60 percent of successful attacks, the hackers relied on exploits that have been known about for at least a decade.

This underscores one of the biggest and most pervasive issues facing the corporate world today. Their IT staff simply isn’t keeping up with security patches. That’s not to say that hackers would be stymied and utterly shut out if security professionals kept up with all the latest security patches released by software vendors, but the statistics speak for themselves.

There’s simply no excuse for this. Any hack that’s on the order of three years old has almost certainly been addressed by the company responsible for maintaining the software, and that’s certainly true of security flaws that are a decade old, or older.

In light of this report and its findings, if you’re a small business owner, now is the time to talk with your IT staff and make sure the software you’re using is up to date where patching is concerned. If it isn’t, the best thing you can do, based on the statistics, is to work with your IT management to formulate a plan that will get your software up to date, and keep it that way.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.