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Data Security Standard 8 - unsupported systems

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Data Security Standard 8 - unsupported systems

This guidance relates to the 2022-23 (version 5) standard.


Guidance and support is available from NHS Digital to ensure risk owners understand how to prioritise their vulnerabilities.  

There is a clear recognition that not all unsupported systems can be upgraded, and that financial and other constraints should drive intelligent discussion around priorities.

Value for money is of utmost importance, as is the need to understand the risks posed by those systems which cannot be upgraded. It’s about demonstrating that analysis has been done and informed decisions were made.

No unsupported operating systems, software or internet browsers are used within the IT estate.

Please refer to further note on professional judgement, auditing and GDPR.

Last edited: 28 September 2022 11:11 am