Yesterday, an announcement was made that described a recently-discovered pair of hardware vulnerabilities affecting computer processors. As a result, we would like to take this opportunity to review a few points relating to the vulnerabilities, as well as what we recommend for best practices for network security.
First the good news - since the discovery of these vulnerabilities, the hardware manufacturers have started fixing the underlying problems, but that doesn't help existing hardware. To that end, there are a few things you can do right now
to protect your machine and your network. As to who is directly affected, processors made by Intel, AMD, and ARM seem to all suffer from the two vulnerabilities. This has been an issue with processor design since the mid-1990's. Intel and Google will be releasing specific fixes to Meltdown next week. Read more about Meltdown and Spectre from the AP.
Whenever we receive calls from prospective clients that are looking to transfer their networks to Hanson Information Systems (HIS), there are a few things our systems analysts tend to recommend to them. While HIS strongly advises this comprehensive approach to network maintenance... Read the remainder of this article on our blog.