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MANAGING THE 2020 MEDICAL DEVICE WINDOWS UPGRADE CYCLE Wind River is a global leader in delivering software for the intelligent edge. Its comprehensive portfolio is supported by world-class professional services and support and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River is accelerating digital transformation of critical infrastructure systems that demand the highest levels of safety, security, and reliability. © 2019 Wind River Systems, Inc. The Wind River logo is a trademark of Wind River Systems, Inc., and Wind River and VxWorks are registered trademarks of Wind River Systems, Inc. Rev. 08/2019 To get started in assessing the security strength of your medical devices, take the security assessment on our website. CONCLUSION With the approaches outlined above, we believe that it is possible to maintain an application written for an older version of Windows while maintaining a path forward. We also believe that decoupling the UI and I/O control would yield a better architecture for medical device OEMs. With a decoupled architecture hosted on a hypervisor, your legacy Windows applications could reside alongside updated Linux or real-time operating systems, allowing for more elegant design methodology addressing support and maintenance over the long term. We want to be clear that we are not advocating that medical device OEMs stick to the older version of Windows (or other older operating systems, for that matter). To the contrary, we are encouraging medical device OEMs to upgrade to the latest version of an operating system, whichever one that may be, whenever possible. However, we recognize that due to the complexity of this problem, this will not happen overnight. Many medical device OEMs are going to need time to engineer new products and complete the upgrade process. Unfortunately, this current upgrade cycle problem was driven by vendor changes and mandates. As we migrate away from this problem, we want to create mechanisms that allow medical device OEMs to have a continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD) pipeline. This will then solve tomorrow's problems quickly while adhering to customer and market requirements. Through this paper, we have tried to outline some of the many options available to medical device OEMs. The details behind the approaches require deeper discussion and whiteboarding. Contact Wind River to arrange a meeting with one of our Medical Segment team members, who can work with you to customize these approaches based on your specific needs. References 1. www.healthcaredive.com/news/wannacry-malware-still- hitting-healthcare-organizations/555786 2. support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search/1143 and support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13853/ windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet 3. support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/30881/ modern-lifecycle-policy 4. www.forescout.com/company/news/press-releases/forescout- releases-inaugural-device-cloud-research-based-on-leading- device-intelligence

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