Processor Flaws "Meltdown" and "Spectre" Reveal Widespread Vulnerabilities

Researchers recently discovered two security flaws that exploit critical vulnerabilities in modern processors. The flaws, dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” leave generations of processers vulnerable to attack and stolen data including passwords. These hardware bugs allow programs to steal data processed on a device, according to the researchers’ findings. Desktops, laptops, smartphones and cloud servers may all be affected by Spectre, and essentially every Intel processer is affected by Meltdown. 

The Department of Homeland Security has issued this alert on its website. While major technology leaders have issued emergency patches, they are still working to uncover the full impact of these vulnerabilities and next steps. In a public statement, Microsoft said that it “had not received any information to indicate that these vulnerabilities have been used to attack customers at this time.”

iCorps will remain on top of any updates that are released on these vulnerabilities and will post them here if further steps can be taken.

In the meantime, we would like to remind you to be vigilant in order to protect yourself and organization and to consider taking the following precautionary steps.

  1. Use a modern Operating System such as Windows 10 Enterprise
  2. Patch all applications and core operating systems automatically
  3. Keep anti-virus up to date, we recommend updating more than once per day
  4. Use cloud services that offer advanced protection to validate web traffic

iCorps take all security threats and their potential impact to our clients very seriously. We firmly believe in being
 proactive when it comes to technology and arming our clients against cyber threats, downtime, data loss and disasters. We partner with several different technology leaders to provide comprehensive defense-in-depth cybersecurity solutions to our clients. Although no solution can provide 100% protection, we can help with the implementation of technology safeguards to help you improve your security posture.

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