NHS to finally replace Windows XP - shouldn't you?

Posted: 04-05-2018

MAM Software encourages aftermarket business owners to follow NHS example and bolster cyber-security defences

Last week, the Department of Health and Social Care announced that it will transition all National Health Service (NHS) computer systems to Microsoft Windows 10 as part of plans to strengthen its defence against future cyber attacks.

The long-awaited upgrade from Windows XP, which Microsoft stopped supporting four years ago, comes almost a year after the WannaCry ransomware attack spread havoc across IT systems in the NHS.

MAM Software is encouraging aftermarket businesses to follow suit and replace their aging WIndows XP and 2003 devices.

"Aftermarket business owners need to follow the NHS example and update their systems and bolster their cyber security defences," said Robin Darnell, director of group IT at MAM Software.

"The NHS has recognised that secure systems are vital to protect against the growing threat of cyber attacks and are fundamental in building trust. Unfortunately there are still a significant number of aftermarket companies that rely on unsupported operating systems to run their business.

"Although the NHS was not specifically targeted, it's reliance on Windows XP left the organisation vulnerable, with critics identifying Windows XP's lack of security patches as a major opportunity for hackers.

"A cyber attack could cause significant damage to an aftermarket business. It could stop them from trading, erode their customers' trust and ruin their reputation. Furthermore, with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect later this month, a personal data breach could result in significant fines.

"Business owners should learn from the NHS and implement processes and policies to ensure their systems are kept up-to-date, secure and safely backed up. The longer they run unsupported software, the greater their vulnerability to attack."

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