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Old tech poses data breach risk

Research from DSA Connect found that a lack of technology upgrades from employers could be increasing the chances of data breaches. 30% of respondents said it has started to take longer for their employers to upgrade their hardware technology at work over the past five years, with one in five saying they are having to wait a ‘lot longer’ for upgrades. Just 13% of people in work say upgrades to their hardware technology have been happening more frequently.

DSA Connect warns that older computers, servers and software are easy targets for hackers because they are less well protected and data is at greater risk of being stolen or breached. It is concerned many employers will reduce their IT budgets and planned technology upgrades because of the financial difficulties they are facing from the coronavirus crisis.

In terms of when people saw different elements of their work hardware technology last upgraded, 6% say this happened to their desktop computer between five and 10 years ago. A further 13% say their last upgrade was between three and five years ago.

One in ten say their work laptop has not been upgraded for at least three years, and the corresponding figures for work mobile phones and tablets is 8% and 10% respectively.

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