You may have seen news about this latest serious cyber security threat and are wondering how this may affect you.
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 on your network, including your workstation and all your servers.
This hardware bug allows malicious programs to steal data 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. Not good.
So, What Are We Doing About This?
We need to update and patch all machines on the network. This is going to take some time and some of the patches are not even available yet from the vendors. We also may have to replace some mission-critical computers to fix this. We are monitoring news from our vendors for the latest information regarding this threat.
In the meantime, we need you and your staff to be extra vigilant, with security top of mind and Think Before You Click.