Last week it was announced by Intel that two major flaws, Spectre and Meltdown, have been present in nearly every microprocessor present in desktops, laptops, smartphones, and cloud servers. With this information, the technology world’s head is spinning, so here are some facts to help you understand what these vulnerabilities are and what you can do to protect your network.
This flaw allows programs to access the memory of other programs and the operating system itself, potentially revealing sensitive information. Fortunately, this flaw can be patched with software updates.
This flaw is technically a collective name for two vulnerabilities. Although much more difficult to exploit than Meltdown, it would allow an attacker to “trick” a program into leaking information. There are some software patches that can help protect against known exploits.
Since the vulnerabilities have come to light, MSSPs (managed security service providers) have been working to patch everything like PCs, servers, networking gear, and cloud systems. Here are some steps companies and MSSPs are taking.
To secure a business, systems management is key. Systems management is comprised of two different areas: state management and operations management.
Software patches that are implemented to guard against security threats need to be carefully assessed by IT professionals. The patches need to be employed quickly, efficiently, and with minimal impact to processor operations. If not done properly, potential side effects of patches can be slower processing times and decreased processor performance, especially in older systems.
Everyone with a PC or laptop is vulnerable to these flaws without the proper patch work. To ensure the security of data for you and your business, get your processors checked by a professional.
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