The technology industry is working to patch two network security flaws known as Meltdown and Specter Vulnerabilities. These hardware bugs can expose information being processed or stored in memory on your computer.
While there are no known exploits, malware or phishing schemes specific to these network security vulnerabilities, this reminds us of the importance of Network Security best practices to protect Windows PCs and Macs, as well as Android and Apple iOS Mobile Devices. While the industry rushes to patch these network security vulnerabilities, here are some considerations to protect your network.
Make sure you install security updates for your operating system and applications. Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), and Microsoft (MSFT) have already released some patches. You can do this manually through automated updates, or subscribe to a managed service to keep your network current. Keeping your browser up to date will also prevent websites from attacking your processor to steal your password and other privacy data.
The Meltdown and Specter Vulnerabilities serve to remind us of the importance of keeping smartphones, tablet computers, and other mobile devices updated with the latest operating system and related security patches. Also, remember to download software only from trusted sources. Employers should remember to review acceptable use policies to ensure they are up to date and that employees comply with company mobile device acceptable use.
Your employees are on the front line of defense for network security. Through periodic education and training your employees will implement strong passwords and change them regularly. They will also be adept at identifying malware and phishing schemes to better protect your network.
Your network is the backbone of your technology infrastructure. Securing your network is a critical component of your technology strategy. If you have questions or concerns about your network security, contact your technology advisor today.