Meltdown and Spectre exploit critical vulnerabilities in modern computer processors. These hardware vulnerabilities allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. While programs are typically not permitted to read data from other programs, a malicious program can exploit Meltdown and Spectre to get hold of secrets stored in the memory of other running programs. This might include your passwords stored in a password manager or browser, your personal photos, emails, instant messages and even business-critical documents.
Meltdown and Spectre work on personal computers, mobile devices, and in the cloud. Depending on the cloud provider’s infrastructure, it might be possible to steal data from other customers.
What does this mean for you, the customer?
Manufacturers such as Microsoft, HP and Intel are releasing updates to resolve these issues. We, IT Resourcing, will need to perform updates on your systems when they become available to protect against this. Once these updates have been verified and released we will be contacting you to schedule time to install these updates. These updates are in the form of regular Microsoft Windows updates which we perform as part of our regular scheduled maintenance, while there are other updates to hardware computer codes that will require onsite work and scheduled outages.
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