What Are Meltdown and Spectre?

Computer researchers have recently found out that the main chip in most modern computers—the CPU—has a hardware bug.

It’s really a design flaw in the hardware that has been there for years.

This is a big deal because it affects almost every computer, including PCs, laptops, smartphones, and servers.

This hardware bug allows malicious programs to steal data that is being processed in your computer memory.

Normally, applications are not able to do that because they are isolated from each other and the operating system.

This hardware bug breaks that isolation.

So, if the bad guys are able to get malicious software running on your computer, they can get access to your passwords stored in a password manager or browser, your emails, instant messages and even business-critical documents.

So, What Are We Doing About This?

There are two updates required by all computers.

The Windows updates were approved last week and should already be deployed to your computers.

A firmware update is also required and this is going to take some time; many of the patches are not even available yet.

Our team will work with you to schedule a time when the firmware updates can be applied as they become available.

Thankfully, there are no known active threats exploiting these vulnerabilities.

In the meantime, we need you to be extra vigilant, with security top of mind and Think Before You Click.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your ITeam Account Manager or IT Manager for more details.

The ITeam understands the cybersecurity issues facing Canada. We are committed to helping Calgary- and Alberta-based businesses develop proactive, cost-effective IT strategies that minimize risk and maximize efficiency. Contact us to learn more.