With over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, Gerardo Altman is a key solutions architect and MD of Velocity Host, an Australian-based IaaS - Infrastructure As A Service provider specialising in enterprise cloud solutions.
Spectre and Meltdown Security Looking At The First Line Of Defence For Your Business; As the industry comes to terms with the logistics and scale of the Spectre and Meltdown issue we are starting to see some cracks in the wall from vendors on providing stable patches to counteract the potential stealing of sensitive data across the board.
If you’re not up to speed with the issue take a look at our previous post Spectre and Meltdown for a quick overview of the problem at hand.
It all sounds like doom and gloom at the moment while the industry scrambles to plug the holes in their row boats but are quickly running out of fingers. So what’s the end game here? What are we as service providers, business and consumers meant to do in the face of all this disruption and potential thieving of data?
Spectre and Meltdown Security | First Line Of Defence Options
First things first and that’s not to panic. The second is applying some common sense approaches to the problem.
The first line of defence is usually the best way to stop these things from spreading. Let’s tackle some common sense approaches to the problem.
Spectre And Meltdown Security Vulnerabilities estimated 5-30% performance hit across the board
Global Industry-wide Impact
Over the last week, the IT industry has been advised of new security vulnerabilities that affect all Intel, AMD, ARM and other CPU vendors. Industry information advises these CPUs have a security vulnerability which allows malicious code to be executed by applications to gain access to any data that resides within the CPU and cache.
This includes any data you have entered into browsers, files you have opened, etc which contain any and all levels of information from public to sensitive.