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Survey: Majority of Manufacturers Use Outdated Operating Systems

Survey: Majority of Manufacturers Use Outdated Operating Systems
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With the Internet of Things (IOT) comes possible increases in efficiency, also more vulnerabilities. Conversely, older systems can’t always defend against today’s digital attacks.
Most manufacturers used out-of-date operating systems, TrendMicro found in a survey of its consumers. Among TrendMicro’s customers who attached onto their proprietary infrastructure, the company found that the majority operate on Windows XP, which was rolled out in 2001 and is not any longer supported. There are some good factors for businesses to use it: Windows XP is robust, not hard to use, and doesn't get in its own way as much as its successors. If companies do not want to go through the problem overhauling their operating system and possibly retraining workers and clients, they could do worse than Windows XP. In addition, newer operating systems have had a shorter time to trickle down through the industry, making it mathematically more likely that older systems will be in use.
Robert Hannigan of BlueVoyant indicates in a post for that 2017 was a landmark for C-suite executives in manufacturing. This was when they saw that ransomware attacks like Wannacry and NotPetya strike businesses hard, even if manufacturers specifically weren't affected. It takes a long time to turn the ship.
TrendMicro found that among the companies they studied, “Zero-day vulnerabilities purchased in human-machine interfaces (HMIs) of industrial control systems increased by much more than 200 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year.”
Older operational technology often doesn't receive patches to defend against new strikes simply because it is not considered a vital part of patch rollout, according to TrendMicro. In order to prevent attacks, TrendMicro recommends basic cybersecurity protections such as restricting user access and stopping directory listings, and identifying and prioritizing key assets.
“The engineer’s instinct — to keep things running and not to fiddle with something that is working — doesn't hold good for IT security, where running a process on unpatched or outdated operating systems and software opens up high risks.” said Hannigan.
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