You’ve probably seen or heard about the massive security vulnerability Intel announced last week. This recent acknowledgement has the potential to dwarf the WannaCry attacks from 2017 when you consider the combined impact of attacks and performance loss. Intel Security Breach
The vulnerability is at the heart of the processor architecture. This issue applies to the last 20+ years of processors so everyone is impacted. This gap allows all types of viruses and malware to attack your system and exploit it for anything. They can steal your data and hold it hostage. They can use your system to attack other companies. They can exploit you company integrations to continue to spread the attack. This issue is of the most serious nature and should be addressed immediately.
To fill the gap in security you need to apply the Microsoft security patch that will be made available tomorrow. However, this update will impact the performance of each machine by up to 30%. So be prepared for slower machines from here on out.
Each business needs to ask themselves a couple of questions:
- Are your systems updated with the appropriate security patches?
- If not, how will you apply them to workstations and servers? How will this impact production?
- Once the patch is applied, how will the performance degradation impact production?
- Did your current IT provider bring this to your attention? If not, why? How do you assess your security compliance beyond this event?
Leverage is offering a complimentary security audit to help you confirm compliance. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Contact Us to schedule your audit. You can reach us by phone at 214.614.8360 if you have a more urgent need.
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