Windows Server 2012 / 2012 R2 will reach end-of-support on October 10, 2023. After this date, Microsoft will no longer release security updates, non-security updates, bug fixes, technical support, or online technical content updates for these operating systems, leaving them (and your network and data!) more vulnerable to threats and attrition.
If your practice or business currently uses one of these OSes on a server, now is a great time to start thinking about upgrading. Microwize (or your dedicated IT provider, should you have one) can discuss the best options for your practice with you. Before scheduling an upgrade, make sure that all software running on your current OS is compatible with the new one. You can find system requirements for Medisoft, Lytec, and Aprima here. If you are using any other software, check with the vendor/manufacturer regarding compatibility. Software developers will also phase out updates for older OSes, meaning your billing, EHR, and accounting software (among others) will also be outdated and more vulnerable as time goes on.
In addition to Windows Server 2012, here is a list of other operating systems that are no longer supported or secure:
- Windows XP – ended April 8, 2014
- Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 – ended January 14, 2020
- Windows 7 – ended January 14, 2020
- Windows 8 – ended January 10, 2023
- Windows 8.1 – ended January 10, 2023
Operating systems that no longer receive updates are a major security risk and leave your network vulnerable to cyberattacks, and delaying the OS upgrade only increases the risk and likelihood of attack. Hackers do not discriminate against the size of your practice or business; everyone is a target, no matter how big or small. It’s not a matter of “if,” but of “when.”
The costs and risks far outweigh those of upgrading your system, including closing the office for an unknown period due to lost access to patient data, paying a large ransom to get your data back (typically determined by the attacker, non-negotiable… and not guaranteed), legal consequences of potential HIPAA violations, and the loss of your patients’ trust resulting in them switching providers.
If you would like to discuss your options, please click here to schedule a call.