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Software Upgrades

Updated: Mar 15

One of the most overlooked aspects of infrastructure is software. Most of the software that runs our most critical infrastructure is outdated, or needlessly integrated. This presents numerous issues for the government, taxpayers and national security.


Software tends to be slow when it’s outdated. Yet, much of the U.S. government relies on software that is ancient relative to quickly evolving technology. 


When we update the software on our devices, it’s not just to keep our devices functional and speedy, it also patches security issues and other vulnerabilities. As of 2021, much of critical U.S. infrastructure is in desperate need of cybersecurity updates. As new malware is continually developed, there needs to be constant maintenance. This requires exorbitant amounts of money, which some experts have characterized as a “black hole.” The size and scale of this issue have led to calls that critical infrastructure be increasingly decoupled from software, lest the issue become more onerous.


The sizable role that software plays when it comes to infrastructure should be fully comprehended. It’s not something that can be updated periodically, nor is it something that we ought to have in every aspect of our infrastructure. We must recognize the proper role it plays in creating an efficient system and manage it in a meaningful manner that does not frivolously waste taxpayer money or create opportunities for those who seek to damage infrastructure.


Sources


Balcerzak, A. (4, April 2020). NJ’s 40-year-old system increases delays for unemployment checks amid coronavirus crisis. North Jersey Media Group. https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/2020/04/04/coronavirus-nj-40-year-old-system-adds-delay-unemployment-checks/2944985001/.


Goure, D. (2021, September 10). America’s Critical Infrastructure Needs a Cybersecurity Upgrade. The National Interest; The Center for the National Interest.   


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