Spectre and Meltdown Could Compromise Billions of Computers

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The New York Times reported that security experts recently identified two major vulnerabilities in the processors that power nearly all computers in the world. Called Meltdown and Spectre,these vulnerabilities allow attackers to copy all of the data on a computer.

How Can I Protect My Company?

Intel announced on January 4 that they developed updates which will protect 90 percent of the processors that were manufactured in the past five years.  The updates will be issued by the end of next week. Some reports suggest that the additional security provided by the Intel patch may slow down computers by as much as 30%. However, Intel states that they “continue to believe that the performance impact of these updates is highly workload-dependent and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.

Contact BBH to learn more about Lookout, our remote monitoring and management solution that includes early insight to potential threats and issues as well as managed patching.  Email us at sales@bbhsolutions.com or visit our website to learn more about our Defense in Depth protection program.

How Slow Will My Computer Get?

Patching is always a good idea to protect your personal and corporate data, but performance and productivity are important too.  How can you strike the balance?  We believe that you likely will notice little or no performance degradation on your workstation when you are performing common tasks such as working with a Word or Excel file.  Unless you utilize a high-performance application such as CAD or video editing, you likely don’t fully tax the resources of your system.  If you do use high performance applications and need tuning or upgrade services please contact sales@bbhsolutions.com.

We believe that the Internet based services you use are more likely to be affected and far more vulnerable and targeted than your computer.  Because of these threats, it is very important to protect yourself from web and email borne threats with email and web security products.  Email us at sales@bbhsolutions.com or visit our website to learn more about our B-Secure email and web security management program.