NHS trusts still relying on Windows XP

Nine in ten NHS trusts still rely on Windows XP, even though Microsoft stopped supporting the platform with new patches and security fixes a year and a half ago.  This information was released by Citrix this morning, and it is based on a Freedom of Information (FoI) request. Out of 63 trusts Citrix reached out to, 43 responded, and 90 per cent said they still use Windows XP. 

What's also interesting is that 24 of them – more than half of those that responded – have no idea when they'll migrate to a newer operating system. Migrating to a newer operating system is an essential security measure. Once the developer stops supporting an operating system and stops issuing new patches and bug fixes, whatever vulnerabilities were left unpatched can be exploited.  Old and unprotected operating systems are one of the biggest reasons for data breaches. 

Knowing this information, it then makes sense that the health sector, once again, accounted for the most of data breaches recorded by the Information Commissioners Office between April and June this year. "Reported incidents from the health sector increased by 3 per cent,” the report claims.  “The health sector once again accounted for the most data security incidents. This is due to incident reporting being mandatory, the size of the health sector and the sensitivity of the data processed.”

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