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Nonpandemic Security Risks Need Attention Now, Warn FBI, Experts

When the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in March, those charged with information technology (IT) security at health care organizations moved quickly to shore up defenses on the particular issues brought to the forefront by the crisis, including those surrounding the increase of telehealth and telework.

But as the crisis moves well past the six-month mark and health care entities settle into what has become a new normal, the FBI and others are warning that certain security risks unrelated to the pandemic may be overlooked, potentially leading to breaches.

Windows 7 end-of-life issues continue to be one of the top unaddressed security issues for health care organizations. However, ransomware and risks associated with remote electronic medical record (EMR) access also are coming to the forefront.

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