New research is turning on its head the idea that legacy systems like Cobol and Fortran are more secure because hackers are unfamiliar with the technology.

New research found that these outdated systems, which may not be encrypted or even documented, were more susceptible to threats.

By analyzing publicly available federal spending and security breach data, the researchers found that a 1 percent increase in the share of new IT development spending is associated with a 5 percent decrease in security breaches.

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