Singlesource IT has been an integral partner in managing and implementing our technology needs. They not only provide exceptional service and responsiveness, they anticipate and prepare to help in guiding the direction of growth in our company. By assisting in making us more efficient and economical they ultimately help make us more profitable.”

Meyers + Associates Architecture, LLC.

Christopher Meyers, Principal Architect

 

 

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Friday
Jan122018

Meltdown & Spectre: What You Need To Know

You've seen the news. Two new computer vulnerabilities are on the loose: Meltdown and Spectre. We've been following this story closely, and we'd like to make sure that you have the facts that you need to avoid these new threats.

These exploits represent a new type of threat as they target the CPU - or the chip - itself, potentially reading information as it's passed through the processor. We say "potential" for a reason - so far there have been no known attacks using these methods.

Microsoft is working on, and has rolled out, updates for all of their current operating systems. However, as these threats are a brand new category of exploit, patching older versions of their software (specifically Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012) presents Microsoft with significant challenges. Updates are not available at this time.

Again, these threats have yet to lead to any instances of data theft. However, the best way to protect yourself against the possibility of a breach is to install the latest updates, and if you're on an older verions of Windows Server, to migrate to the latest version. A move to Windows Server 2016 would provide you with a solution that has been securely hardened against Meltdown, Spectre and other similar exploits that may follow.

Let us know if you'd like to discuss your options. We're here to help, and keep you informed as this story continues to break.