FOI requests reveal nearly half of English councils are still using unsupported server software 24 August 2018
Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, undertaken by Comparex UK, have highlighted a number of security vulnerabilities in the IT infrastructures of many English councils.
The FOIs, submitted to all London Borough, Metropolitan, and county councils in England, highlighted that nearly half (46 per cent) are still using one or more of Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, or Microsoft SQL Server 2005. All three products are now out of extended support, meaning customers no longer receive regular security patches.
Upgrading software is becoming increasingly important, as the threat of cybercrime continues to grow. Typically, malware developers and cybercriminals closely track vulnerabilities in out-of-date software and work backwards to exploit them.