Browse Definitions :
Definition

security through obsolescence

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

Security through obsolescence is the use of obsolete technologies whose vulnerabilities are no longer well known among the public.

Less common or obsolete software has fewer issues with malware as it lacks the market share that would make it attractive to a hacker. Furthermore, obsolete systems can be difficult for an attacker to target as the design, flaws, protocols and even programming may have fallen out of common knowledge.

Although security through obscurity is generally deprecated, security through obsolescence is still sometimes used in networking, such as the use of antiquated X.25 networks by ATMs.

Security through obsolesce, like security through minority is a strategy best confined to closed source software. While there are rare and obsolete variants of open source software, their source code is publicly available so that it is much easier for an attacker to find vulnerabilities.

Obsolete but still heavily used software can be about the worst possible option, however. Software at the end of a long lifespan, such as Windows XP, can provide a large target base. There is likely to be existing malware targeting it, while patches and support may have been discontinued.

This was last updated in July 2015

Continue Reading About security through obsolescence

Join the conversation

1 comment

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

Wow, I've never heard of that one before. I guess that's sort of a backhanded advantage to working for a company that's too poor or too cheap to use modern technology.
Cancel

-ADS BY GOOGLE

Dateiendungen und Dateiformate

Gesponsert von:

SearchCompliance

SearchSecurity

  • time-based one-time password (TOTP)

    A time-based one-time password (TOTP) is a temporary code, generated by an algorithm, for use in authenticating access to ...

  • Security Operations Center (SOC)

    A security operations center (SOC) is a command center facility for a team of IT professionals with expertise in information ...

  • incident response team

    An incident response team is a group of IT professionals in charge of preparing for and reacting to any type of organizational ...

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • disaster recovery team

    A disaster recovery team is a group of individuals focused on planning, implementing, maintaining, auditing and testing an ...

  • cloud insurance

    Cloud insurance is any type of financial or data protection obtained by a cloud service provider. 

  • business continuity software

    Business continuity software is an application or suite designed to make business continuity planning/business continuity ...

SearchStorage

  • storage class memory (SCM)

    Storage class memory (SCM) is a type of NAND flash that includes a power source to ensure that data won't be lost due to a system...

  • Hadoop as a service (HaaS)

    Hadoop as a service (HaaS), also known as Hadoop in the cloud, is a big data analytics framework that stores and analyzes data in...

  • blockchain storage

    Blockchain storage is a way of saving data in a decentralized network which utilizes the unused hard disk space of users across ...

Close