Industries are suffering from avoidable vulnerabilities as a consequence of using obsolete memory components, according to a recent survey.
The survey, conducted by Nexus GB, found that consumer memory is often used in specialist and industrial applications. According to the researchers who conducted the study, the vulnerabilities caused by this problem will get worse with time.
Approximately 70 percent of the design engineers polled in the survey said they have experienced problems as a result of at least one of three leading factors – obsolescence, lack of compatibility between products from different vendors and loss of data due to unreliable connectors.
Independently, each of these factors affected between 20 and 30 percent of those surveyed, according to the study.
The likelihood that any of these problems will affect users increases with the time that a product has been in circulation. As a result, continued use of affected products should be avoided in order to ensure data protection.
John Barret of Nexus GB emphasized the fact that vulnerabilities can increase with time. "It’s bad enough if one of these factors affects your product when it’s launched or within a couple of years of it being in production,” he said. “However, it’s much worse if it comes into play further down the line, when you might find that a complete re-design is required."
Approximately 100 design engineers were polled for the survey. All of the participants were working in a senior role in companies based in the U.K. According to Nexus GB, the study was based on a series of non-leading multiple choice questions, with the possible answers displayed in a random order.
Data vulnerabilities are a key concern for many businesses. According to experts, data loss vulnerabilities should be avoided both in on-premise IT solutions and in the infrastructure of cloud computing service providers.