Microsoft in a blog post is highlighting the benefits of Windows 10 for healthcare organizations, particularly increased security capabilities. There are enhancements, but there also may be vulnerabilities within them.
The company calls Windows 10 the most secure Windows system ever. New features include replacing passwords with biometric or hardware-based multi-factor credentials, containing login credentials in the hardware and allowing devices to run trusted software only, which can block attacks.
A new feature, called Continuum, optimizes apps across touch and desktop modes which increases mobile connectivity to healthcare colleagues and information systems. The new operating system also better supports connecting devices and platforms to enable long-term care and chronic disease management to extend to the home, according to the vendor.
Better integration with provider software systems will ease healthcare professionals and patients to more easily communicate with each other through more secure voice, chat, text and video options, according to the company. And Windows 10 users will quickly receive important security and software patches.
Still, some very targeted security issues remain, according to third-party technology companies that have studied Windows 10, reports Information Management magazine.
For instance, the magazine notes, WinMagic, which focuses on encryption, says Microsofts new authentication features dont address FDE security and compliance issues if the BitLocker-enabled drives are decrypted before both authentication factors are cleared. Full disk encryption is most effective (and compliant) if authentication is performed first and then data is decrypted. Pre-boot authentication, as its called, is necessary so that the data is not decrypted or unlocked prematurely.
Hewlett-Packard also noted risks that could give hackers free reign over a system, according to Information Management.
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