HHS urges healthcare entities to address security for legacy systems

November 4, 2021

HHS urges healthcare entities to address security for legacy systems

Many healthcare provider organizations continue to rely on outdated, unsupported, legacy technology like Windows XP, which poses critical risks to the enterprise. Pictured: A CompUSA sales associate stands near a display of Microsoft Windows XP software March 22, 2006, in San Francisco. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights’ latest cybersecurity newsletter urges covered entities and relevant business associates to review and address the security measures put in place for legacy systems within the enterprise, in light of ongoing threats and risks posed by the use of these technologies.

In an ideal world, healthcare organizations would replace all legacy tech with newer platforms meant to be connected to the internet and supported by the vendor with routine software updates.

In this article Mac McMillan, CEO of CynergisTek, shares insights into how security leaders can broach the topic of replacing legacy tech with hospital leadership.

Read the full article here.

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