The exploitation of legacy Java software

In recent years, a number of successful cyber attacks against high profile corporate targets have arisen from the exploitation of outdated and unsupported Java software.

One of the simplest attack methods that cyber criminals use is to target unsuspecting workers with Phishing emails. This is an especially tempting method for an unsophisticated attacker, as it tends to be inexpensive, requires little in the way of expertise, and can be highly effective. Phishing emails can be sent to thousands of employees simultaneously, and it takes just one careless click for the hacker to succeed.

We worked with a global FS client who, like many organisations, didn’t have an effectively designed and diligently operated process to manage old and unsupported software. This led to a proliferation of high-risk software versions that were unmanaged.

So how can you reduce the risk of exploitation of your outdated software?

  1. Undertake a current state analysis to make sure you truly understand the issue. This will help you to understand your requirements and define exactly what you are trying to achieve.
  2. Assess the size and the scope of the project and set a realistic budget. Detailed planning here will make all the difference.
  3. Do a full market analysis. This will help you understand the best options available to you and enable you to decide your preferred route.
  4. Deliver the solution so that you have a fully functioning and successful outcome.

If you have concerns about outdated software in your organisation, why not get in touch on +44 203 603 4733 or email us at confidentially to discuss how we could help you to reduce your cyber risks.

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