Japanese PC users have work to do when it comes to patching their software and using newer, up-to-date programs, a new study from Secunia Research at Flexera Software has found.
The average private user has 63 programs on their PC from 21 different vendors and 7% of those are at the end of their life (EOL), meaning they are no longer patched by the vendor. Users have to master 21 different update mechanisms to remediate vulnerabilities.
It also means attackers can easily take advantage of security holes in those programs because they are so widespread.
“Software Vulnerability Management is an effective strategy for minimising the attack surface by enabling people and organisations to identify known vulnerabilities on their devices, prioritise those risks based on the criticality of the vulnerabilities, and mitigate those risks via automated patch management systems,” comments Kasper Lindgaard, director of Secunia Research at Flexera Software.
6.5% had unpatched Windows operating systems in Q4 2016. In addition, 12.8% are running unpatched non-Microsoft programs.
The top 10 exposed non-Microsoft programs are:
The top ten EOL programs in Japan are:
“Risk remains if unsupported, end-of-life programs containing vulnerabilities are running. Private PC users should continually scan their devices and remove end-of-life programs from their systems. Within a business setting, security teams should collaborate closely with their Software Asset Management teams to discover and inventory their application estate and remove any unsupported, end-of life programs,” Lindgaard concludes.
The Japan Country Report was based on data scans by Personal Software Inspector on December 1, 2016.