The world of IT has 3 EQUALLY IMPORTANT ‘wares’
HARDWARE: The physical machines that you use
SOFTWARE: The applications that run on them
FIRMWARE: The software that runs your network routers, firewalls and starts your PC
If you want efficient and effective systems, they MUST be kept up to date and ‘just right’.
HARDWARE: PCs need to be updated regularly. It’s a false economy not to. People are expensive, so why give them a tool that makes them slower than they could be. The same argument applies to servers and even printers.
Ultimately, the older a machine is, the less efficient. How old is too old? 5 years is starting to push your luck.
SOFTWARE: Updating software versions, whether you like it or not, is something that needs to be done sooner rather than later.
New versions of your anti-virus and operating systems are supplied by vendors for a reason. A failure to use them puts your business at increased risk.
FIRMWARE – The forgotten ware. This is just software, so it’s subject to the same vulnerabilities as anything else. But given that it keeps the bad people out, you should make sure you have the latest and greatest.
Are regular updates part of your daily IT life, or do you put them off until tomorrow?
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