End of Life for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008
The time is fast approaching for medical organizations to update their computers and network. Microsoft has announced that on January 14th, 2020, Windows 7 operating system and Microsoft Server 2008 will reach End of Life. This means that Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates or patches to fix any found vulnerabilities. These patches are usually rolled out once or twice a month and help to protect systems from cyber attacks. Medical organizations who fail to update their systems will find themselves in breach of HIPAA compliance since the HIPAA Security Rule requires system security patches to be available for systems.
Are you secured against a data breach?
Medical organizations frequently store or deal with highly sensitive personal information which makes them a high-value target to cyber hacking networks. Over the last 5 years, there have been several high profile attacks conducted on medical organizations that have resulted in the exposure of sensitive records as well as widespread operational disruption. For example, In 2015, US health insurance provider, Anthem experienced a cyber attack in which 78.8 million patient records were stolen. In the UK in 2017, the National Health Service (NHS) experienced a cyber attack that shut down hundreds of thousands of computers and cost the NHS around £20 million. The NHS was criticized for relying on outdated computer systems, including Windows XP which reached its End of Life in 2014. These cyber hacking events demonstrate both the ambition of hackers to target medical organizations and the risks of relying on out of support systems.
As we edge closer to 2020 the demand for Windows 10 systems, services, and IT resources is expected to significantly increase. If medical organizations choose to wait, they risk being non-compliant with HIPAA regulations, having more vulnerable systems, as well as greater operational disruption. We recommend that companies act swiftly to mitigate this threat by moving to newer versions of software that has greater longevity. Moving to the latest Windows 10 systems will give companies more longevity by reducing the need to update their systems again until Windows 10 reaches End of Life in 2025 or 2026, depending on the system chosen.
How CINTWR can Help
At CINTWR we offer medical organizations support with the transition of old to new systems to ensure they are HIPAA compliant and protected from security breaches. We replace or upgrade outdated computer and server systems as required. We also specialize in providing a transition that is as smooth as possible by utilizing appropriate and useful planning that takes into account all factors that could cause disruption to business operation. Our aim is to implement a transition that is seamless for the customer and has minimal downtime. We understand that medical organizations are often extremely busy and downtime can hinder the ability of the business to provide high-quality care. Our processes are built around mitigating that risk. We offer remote and offsite services to Chicago and the surrounding areas and have partnered with high authority companies such as Lenovo and HP to bring a fit-for-purpose solution to our customers.
Do you have questions about your current infrastructure or would you like a free IT assessment for your practice? We would love to help. Please reach out to our Tech Team: firstname.lastname@example.org | 224-634-4820