Is out of data Java leaving your business vulnerable to attack?

You probably don’t spend much time worrying about what version of Java your computers are running. But according to a new report from Websense, you should.

According an analysis by the IT security vendor, just five per cent of endpoints are using the latest version of Java. Almost 75 per cent are running a release more than six months out of date, two-thirds of users are a year behind, more than half are two years out of date and one third are three or more years behind.

That likely explains why the report found that 94 per cent of endpoints running Java are vulnerable to at least one Java exploit. And with Oracle, which acquired Java when it bought Sun Microsystems, recommending users migrate to JDK 7 to continue receiving patches and updates, Websense found that 77 per cent of endpoints are running versions of Java that Oracle will no longer support, update or patch.

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What to do? Keep up to date with your Java patches is an obvious first step. And, of course, Websense and other security vendors would like to sell you security solutions that can help keep your business protected as well.

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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras is a technology journalist with IT World Canada and a member of the IT Business team. He began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada and the channel for Computer Dealer News. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun & the Ottawa Citizen.

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