Obsolete computers in UK are failing to meet basic cybersecurity measures


In what could be a concerning issue, a recent survey has confirmed that the usage of outdated systems in UK is fetching a loss of £2.3 billion to the country’s economy as government departments are found spending huge in keeping the legacy systems alive.

Also, the survey confirms that the legacy software used in various government departments is not in a position to meet the annual cybersecurity standards that could spell a doom, if it is linked to the critical infrastructure like power plants or water utilities.

Organizing for Digital Delivery report, which was commissioned in May last year, deemed the study results as absolute facts and submitted them in the form a document to the Cabinet office of UK Government.

Under the RTI act, the report findings were made public in this month of 2021, making Fleur Anderson, the shadow cabinet office minister to condemn the act of pouring in the hard earned money of the taxpayers into outdated digital infrastructure.

What’s more interesting in this entire episode is that the report was compiled and revealed during the regime of Boris Johnson, who recently told that UK will make the government’s digital services ‘best in the world’.

Another highlight of the report is the finding that various digital schemes have led to the stage where significant amounts of data is being collected and stored as large datasets that are made of little use and never secured enough as per the GDPR standards….oops then it is seriously concerning!

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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