• New report from Forescout says 71% of medical industry PCs will still be running Win7 in January

    Interesting report from the people at Forescout:

    Within our data sample… 71% of devices will be running unsupported Windows operating systems by January 14, 2020.

    “Unsupported operating systems” includes Windows 7, Server 2008, and earlier.

    The study revealed that 40% of deployments had more than 20 different operating systems on their medical VLANs.

    They were looking at a very large sample of very large installations:

    Source data for this report came from the Forescout Device Cloud, a repository of host and network information for more than 8 million devices, making it one of the largest crowdsourced device repositories. For this study, researchers limited Device Cloud analysis to 75 healthcare deployments with over 10,000 virtual local area networks (VLANs) and 1.5 million devices. Since the primary focus of the report is the status of medical devices, many of the results are based on analysis of more than 1,500 medical VLANs with 430,000 devices.

    No, Windows 7 is not going away any time soon. The medical industry has an enormous problem. As do many of us.