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How will Windows XP end of support affect health IT security?
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:45:02 +0000 (UTC)


By Patrick Ouellette
Health IT Security
March 27, 2014

As is the case with most pending vendor support deadlines, the upcoming end of Microsoft Windows XP support on April 8, 2014 has been a polarizing topic in the enterprise and healthcare spaces. There are some organizations that may be unaware that Microsoft will no longer be providing security patches and others that are building Fort Knox 2.0 because of the XP end of support.

However, a few IT security professionals within healthcare organizations told HealthITSecurity.com that they believe the biggest impact will likely be on smaller healthcare organizations. The reality for these organizations is that they must account for projects such as ICD-10 or Meaningful Use and upgrading their XP machines may go on the back-burner out of necessity. Without the proper funding and IT security talent available to some providers, these security concerns become that much more difficult to manage.

Stephen Person, Network & Security Engineer at North Valley Hospital and HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP) said he guarantees that many organizations are looking at the end-of-life of Windows XP.


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