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By Douglas C. Schmidt
Vanderbilt University 

Why don't big companies keep their computer systems up-to-date?


September 27, 2017

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)

(THE CONVERSATION) The Equifax hack, exposing 143 million people’s personal data to unknown cybercriminals starting in March but not made public until mid-September, was entirely avoidable. The company was using out-of-date software with known security weaknesses. But it appears that with Equifax, as with many organizations, those were just the beginning of the problems.

During the past three decades we’ve researched, developed and tested millions of lines of software for ma...

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