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More than 50% of organizations in Southeast Asia use unpatched software


Timely updating of patches can reduce data breakdown costs at the enterprise, minimizing the risk of breaches.

Latest report of Kaspersky From a survey, 38% of small and medium organizations (SMBs) and 48% of corporations in Southeast Asia operate on the unpatched system. In addition, 33% of SMBs and 43% of corporations in the region are still using outdated software.

According to Yeo Siang Tiong, General Director of Kaspersky Southeast Asia, when there is a data problem, corporations using the unpatched system will have to pay 126% higher than businesses. with technology always up to date.

More than 50% of organizations in Southeast Asia use unpatched software

SMBs (SMEs with 50 to 999 employees) in Southeast Asia can also save 9% of their costs when attacked by using legitimate and up-to-date software, compared to charges these businesses incur with outdated systems.

In addition to the cost of the data outage, 49% of SMBs and corporations in the region admitted to having a network attack because of unpatched vulnerabilities on application software and devices. This rate globally is 40%.

The report also reveals the reasons why organizations in Southeast Asia still use outdated tools: Some employees refuse to work with new software and equipment (57%); The organization has internal applications that cannot run on a new device or system (52%); Tools for C-level and not included in the plan of the update (45%); Not enough resources to update all at once (17%).

The survey interviewed a total of 5,266 IT business decision-makers across 31 countries as of June 2020, 375 of whom were from Southeast Asia. Respondents were asked about the status of the IT security in their organization, the types of threats they face, and the cost they face when recovering from the attacks.

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