A snapshot of the enterprise remote access space in 2017 reveals a few interesting trends. Like more business have adopted Windows 10 and Apple products, nearly all Android devices are out-of-date. The chances are also good their browsers are so longer running Flash.
The researchers have found a majority shift in Windows 10 adoption, which jumped from 27% in 2017 to 48% in 2018. “It was one of the bigger drivers in Windows 10 adoption,” says Duo data scientist Olabode Anise. “After the first 30- to 60 days after WannaCry there was an uptick, then it started to level out and decrease” after the companies that wanted to upgrade completed the process”.
Industries slowest to adopt Windows 10 were-
- healthcare (29%),
- transportation and storage (31%), and
- insurance (33%).
Those fastest to adopt the latest Windows OS were computers and electronics (82%), wholesale and distribution (70%), and nonprofit (56%).
Anise says these trends fluctuated depending on the applications running on particular endpoints. Since apps are affected by OS changes, people in industries more at the forefront of new technologies would utilize and adopt Windows 10 more quickly.
Researchers point out that it is not always possible to update operating systems in large enterprises with complex IT environments without rendering certain devices inoperable. Connected medical devices and healthcare, Anise notes, ‘mission-critical applications are hardest to port over”.
Researchers have also spotted that Windows users dropped from 68% to 65% between 2017 and 2018. At the same time, they saw an uptick in macOS, which grew 27% to 30%, and iOS, which jumped from 10% to 12%.
Researchers have found that 90% of Android services are out of date. The same goes for
- 85% of ChromeOS devices,
- 74% of macOS devices, and
- 56% of iOS devices
Based on Duo’s research Firefox mobile is the most outdated browser. As 93% of its endpoints using it hadn’t updated to the most recent version.
- Chrome (53%)
- Firefox desktop (49%)
- Safari (42%),
- Edge (33%),
- Chrome Mobile (31%), and
- Internet Explorer, which was the most up-to-date with only 5% of users behind.
Chrome was last updated on March 6, 2018. While it appears Chrome browsers are more out-of-date, the browser is more frequently updated by its vendor than others.
Researchers also noticed Adobe Flash Player is rapidly disappearing from browsers. Less than one-quarter (24%) of browsers had Flash uninstalled in 2017. That number had jumped to 69% in 2018.
“A lot of the driving factors rely on around users switching to models that have Flash disabled by default,” says Anise. “Extensions for Web browsers let you do this, or you can configure Google Chrome to not run Flash by default.”
Chrome, he says, has forced its content creators to adopt new technologies and has been a major driver in the move away from Flash, which will no longer be shipped with Chrome starting in 2020. Adobe will end-of-life Flash later that year.