Much like Windows XP reaching end-of-life last year, the end of extended support for the server counterpart, Windows Server 2003, is a few short months away. Microsoft announced the EOL for Windows Server 2003 will be July 14th, 2015.
According to the ADA, failure to upgrade workstations from Windows XP or your server from Windows 2003 could potentially be a HIPAA breach. Fines today for not complying are a minimum of $100-$50,000 per violation. Some violations also carry criminal charges with them, resulting in jail time for violators.
As trusted IT specialists for over 600+ dental and medical practices, we at HTI have been sending multiple notice and warning letters to our clientele. Although we do not require all clients to upgrade, we do our professional due diligence and inform and educate all of this End-of-Support date as well as any issues or risks running Windows Server 2003 after this date may present to their practice. We’ve listed some below:
- Security & Compliance Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. Especially in healthcare, security and compliance is not only recommended, but also required to keep patient records secure and safe.
- Lack of Independent Software Vendor (Dentrix, Softdent, etc.) & Hardware Manufacturers support: The industry software vendors that you are currently using, will most likely stop supporting their products on Windows Server 2003 for any future releases.
Microsoft notes “On July 14, 2015, Windows Server 2003 extended support will cease. After this date, assisted support from Microsoft will no longer be available, including updates and patches. This change may mean that systems are open to security vulnerabilities and may no longer meet compliance requirements.”
Read Microsoft’s official notice of their end of support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14th, 2015.
Read the ADA’s article to see why you should upgrade your operating system and workstations if you are still running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 today.