Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan
1.086 million NHS PCs running XP = £130,434,682 of taxpayers money!!! :mad:
Source: The Register
Whitehall is negotiating a deal with Microsoft to prevent thousands of NHS computers from falling victim to hackers targeting Windows XP from April.
The government and Microsoft are in talks to offer extended security support to NHS PCs running Windows XP that miss an 8 April deadline to ditch the OS.
The Department of Health has exclusively told The Register it’s in talks with Microsoft to develop a migration plan to move PCs off of Windows XP.
A major plank of that deal will see Microsoft offer what the DoH terms “extended support”* – at a cost.
Extended support is not a cheap option and means the taxpayer will foot the bill for the NHS’s failure to hit the April deadline to move.
Under extended support Microsoft will deploy dedicated engineers to paying customers, who keep releasing fresh security patches after the April cut off.
Fees for this special protection start at $200 per desktop for the first year, going up to $400 in the second and $800 in the third year.
Only 1 million PCs to worry about... and that's JUST the NHS
The NHS in England alone has 1.086 million PCs and laptops running Windows XP at trusts, GPs and other health groups. The National Health Service in Scotland will be contending with 3,603.
A high price has been fixed deliberately by the software giant as an incentive for customers not to dawdle in finally getting off of Windows XP.
Extended support has only been made available by Microsoft to its largest customers who ask for it, who expect to be running Windows XP after 8 April.