Microsoft announced last week that they are going to stop their free support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. This means that there will be no patches releases to fix any operating system vulnerabilities. Microsoft also said support for Office 10 is ending, as well.
The preferred solution is to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 to eliminate the risk of cyberattacks and any HIPAA regulations, however in some cases hardware and applications could also have to upgraded as well.
An article in HIPAA Journal states, “Many healthcare organizations are still using Windows 7 on at least some devices. The continued use of those devices after support is stopped places them at risk of cyberattacks and violating the HIPAA Security Rule.”
You can read all the details in the HIPAA Journal article here and please contact computerHABITS today if you need assistance with upgrading Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 at your office.