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Majority of Manufacturers Use Outdated Operating Systems

April 10, 2019 / Megan Crouse

With the Internet of Things comes possible increases in efficiency, but also more vulnerabilities. Conversely, older systems can’t always defend against today’s digital attacks. Most manufacturers used outdated operating systems, TrendMicro found in a survey of its customers. Among TrendMicro’s customers who attached onto their proprietary infrastructure, the company found that the majority run on Windows XP, which was rolled out in 2001 and is  no longer supported. There are some good reasons for businesses to use it: Windows XP is robust, easy to use, and doesn’t get in its own way as much as its successors. If companies don’t want to go through the trouble overhauling their operating system and potentially retraining workers and clients, they could do worse than Windows XP. Additionally, newer operating systems have had less time to trickle down through the industry, making it statistically more likely that older systems will be in use.