After 11 years of service and support, Microsoft recently ended its support for Windows 7, according tomedia. While users can continue to use Windows 7, this will make their PC highly vulnerable to security risks because Microsoft is responsible for any security, software updates, or technical support for the system. Although NHS England plans to upgrade all PCs to Windows 10 by the end of January, this has failed to meet this target.
It was learned that nearly half a million of the agency’s 1.37 million devices were still running Windows 7.
In April last year, the NHS signed an agreement with Microsoft to allow all NHS devices to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. However, there is one condition, which is to be completed by the end of January.
Now that time is over, there are still 463,784 PCs running Windows 7, and another 318,000 PCs running systems that are not supported by Microsoft’s Active Threat Protection Extension — which puts the system at greater risk.
The current state of the NHS in England raises questions about whether the agency has learned from the Wannacry cyber attack in 2017 and whether it is taking its data protection responsibilities seriously.