Agencies Face Cyber Concerns as Apps Rely on Aging Systems — Report


More than 70 percent of the 100 federal IT business decision-makers polled in Dell’s State of IT Trends 2016 Study said their agency is using old operating systems to run important mission applications. And a little more than half of respondents said their agency is using software or systems that are no longer vendor-supported, according to the report.

“Running legacy systems that are unsupported creates significant vulnerability in government systems,” Dell Federal Chief Technology Officer Cameron Chehreh told FedScoop. Chehreh cited three things he said are holding agencies back in efforts to modernize: funding, the acquisition model, and understanding where to make low-risk, low-impact changes that enhance the mission.

One interesting finding of the survey, Chehreh noted, was that 24 percent of those polled said “agencies’ lack of knowledge about available solutions” was an obstacle to modernization. And 22 percent cited “conflicting digital transformation strategies” as an obstacle.