Outdated Browsers Leave Many Enterprises Vulnerable To Attack

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  1. Hungry Man

    Hungry Man Registered Member

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    http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerab...ve-many-enterprises-vulnerable-to-attack.html

    Who wants to take bets on how long it is before we see fake "Update your browser!" malware surge from things like this?

    And I'd also like to point out this line.


    The whole thing is a good read though I do disagree with one specific part.
     
  2. dw426

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    The bigger issue is to stop relying on applications that require a certain browser or version. It's a sad truth that corporation security is often lacking even compared to a home user. You know, I'm quite well aware of the costs and work that goes into corporate IT. However, it's continually being proven that it's far more costly to not take proper measures and to stay updated.
     
  3. Noob

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    Imagine, in my workplace all my mates uses IE 6 (Insane right?) and some uses IE7 (Depends of the PC you're using that day, there are thousands of PC's)
    I usually only get the ones with IE8 which are only a few (Tabbed browsing) :D
     
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    That there seems to be a lack of IT control, in my opinion. Having one computer this way, and other that way, and yet another a different way, only magnifies these issues. Get everyone on one browser, and keep it updated. That's how it should be done.
     
  5. J_L

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    Such a old, yet surprisingly widespread issue. Guess many are too lazy to update their apps as well.
     
  6. SweX

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    Can't you start complaining about it :p
     
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    Well i did but they just won't listen (Guess how big corporations works). one of the software we use is only compatible with IE 6 then then you open IE from "Start" you get either IE 7 mostly or IE 8 which are only a few.

    In fact they are giving us tools that are not even compatible with some of the "MUST" use systems/software they provide us, how lame is that?
    We have to open one with IE 6 and one with IE 7 or 8 and on top of this we CANNOT load our OWN company website properly to get some things and it lags since our online database is like based in flash or shockwave which totally slow dowsn IE 8 to a CRAWL (I mean seriously it's extremely slow and they want you to be efficient PSHHH . . .)

    If i was in the IT department don't even think about it, i would give all the PC's at least IE 9 and submit a ticket to remove those fancy databases or update all the PC's.
     
  8. J_L

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    Damn that is lame, hope they aren't in web business.
     
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    I was in HSBC in my closest city recently and the guy behind the counter told me the computers wasnt working so I had to use the machine. he turned the screen and it was Windows xp and IE6.

    you would think one of the worlds biggest banks would of upgraded from IE6. but on the flipside it is alot of computers which would need testing and would cost alot of money.
     
  10. Noob

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    LOL basically our job is done all through the computer, 100% of it :argh:
    Aside from looking at our database the rest is done through the browser with the fancy websites and lame IE :D
    I can't even scroll down fast before it lags LOL

    Oh well, at least i get paid :D
     
  11. SweX

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    Until you complain some more :p No don't do that ;)

    Nah seriously it doesn't sound like the department you work in is well thought through at all, like databases, tools, tasks etc.. But as you said, you get paid anyway wich is good of course :D :thumb:
     
  12. Noob

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    Hahaha it's really easy work, you just gotta have patience and LOTS of it. :D
     
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    Considering we are in a global recession I can't see my government spending any cash to upgrade browsers or operating systems in education. Colleges & schools have even more immediate fiscal problems these days than browser security. Like whether they are still going to be open tomorrow & whether the teachers & lecturers are going to be on the dole or not. Bloody Tories! :thumbd:
     
  14. Hungry Man

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    My school (community college) just moved to Windows 7 and IE9.

    I know not long ago the NPS spent ~10mill upgrading equipment though they were still on XP at the time if I recall. That was a few years ago.
     
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    We have laptops with Win 7. I think the students keep dropping them though.

    I'm not sure what the Tories education budget is this year. My guess ... about 57 pence ...
     
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