Health IT tip of the day: Legacy machines can cause big problems

Perhaps one of the more surprising things healthcare organizations overlook is how many machines in their offices run outdated — and soon to be unsupported — versions of operating systems.

Lysa Myers, security researcher at ESET in San Diego, Calif.: Many hospitals have medical devices that still run Windows XP, for example, which leaves a gaping hole from a security perspective. While this is occasionally unavoidable, it should be limited wherever possible and extra security measures should be taken with those machines until they can be updated.

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