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 workstations and servers (and yes, even Apple iOS and MACs!)
This hardware bug allows malicious programs to steal data that is being processed and is loaded 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 possibly gain access to your passwords stored in a password manager or browser, your emails, instant messages and even business-critical documents. Not good!
SO, WHAT IS BEING DONE ABOUT THIS?
Intel, Microsoft, Apple and other vendors are working to roll out patches to resolve this issue. We will need to work all of our partners to update and patch all machines on your network. This is going to take some time, some of the patches are not even available yet. We are working with our support partners to identify and implement patches. We will provide more information as we get it. Our commitment is to ensure that your systems remain safe and protected!
Microsoft pushed an emergency patch out on Jan. 3 for Windows PCs, and Apple’s iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 all come with patches. However, Apple, unlike Microsoft, has yet to release patches for older versions of its operating systems.
In the meantime, we strongly encourage your you to be extra vigilant, with security top of mind and Think Before You Click!!
Please feel free contact us with any questions or concerns!