Earlier this month, IBM issued advisory guidance relating to its Lotus Notes software. The firm warned that bugs in the auto-updater mean the service can be tricked into running malicious code leading to a number of potential issues including the corruption or loss of business critical files. 

The bug, CVE-2017-1711, currently affects version 8.5 and 9 of the Notes software and, according to The Register, is ‘extraordinarily dangerous’.

And it’s not just the big risk systems like this can represent, it’s also the smaller, everyday inefficiencies they create, which overtime can lead to a significant loss of productivity and arguably profit too.

For businesses still reliant upon archaic, legacy systems, recognising the threat to business continuity and commercial viability, alongside a general lack of process efficiency, is crucial.

Add to this, the introduction of General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), and the onus it puts on businesses to appropriately store and access documents safely, speedily and in line with tougher compliance criteria (and harsher penalties), and now really does seem like a good time to break free from legacy software and remove both the restrictions and the risk they represent.

This seems like a complex and costly project, right? Wrong. Migrating data contained within legacy systems into a GDPR compliant system can be completed in a matter of weeks and cost a lot less than expected, especially as the platform can be delivered as SaaS with a monthly rental style billing. More than this, moving vital data into a modern, secure and sophisticated system, like Long Term Archive, can deliver the following benefits:

  • Reduced operational costs (you’ll no longer have to invest in licence and management fees that only become more expensive over time as more businesses begin to retire the software. Plus, with feature-rich search functionality, you’ll find what you need, when you need it; saving time and money too).
  • Enhance your IT performance (with LTA in place and integrating seamlessly with your other systems, documents that don’t want to be held can be identified and removed, while important data is stored efficiently to increase speed and performance across the entire IT infrastructure).
  • Say hello to intelligent data (with all your vital documents in one place, get ready to gain insights from your data, assess trends, performance and manage compliance adherence).
  • Take back control (LTA is designed to facilitate compliant record retention, permission access, confidentiality, data spoliation and destruction with full audit trail guaranteed for up to 50 years).

If your business is being held hostage by outdated, legacy systems and you’d like to know how LTA can help, take this quick survey or get in touch.