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What Can You Do About Meltdown and Spectre?

By July 20th, 2020No Comments

Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities now impact technology around the world. The importance of user awareness has now escalated to the “no excuses” stage. What can you do to help mitigate any dangers to your personal and business environment?

Read on!….

First, it’s important to be aware that the Meltdown and Spectre pieces of code can only be utilized by a hacker if a device already contains some form of malware. Malware is like vampires; they must be invited in. The only way malware can get into a device’s system is through you, the user.

ActiveCo is monitoring the situation closely and working with our security partners to ensure our users are educated on what they can do moving forward.

We are aware that when these global attacks and vulnerabilities occur (or are discovered), ActiveCo clients do not want to be part of the first batch of victims.

If you’re part of the ActiveCo Family…
…you already have a comprehensive security shield which is comprised of carefully selected technologies we use to create overlapping layers of security working in concert with one another.

To help mitigate risks, you are protected by:

  • Cloud delivered anti-virus
  • Cloud delivered email scrubbing
  • Cloud delivered malware detection & resolution
  • Cloud delivered content filtering
  • Comprehensive cloud backup systems with onsite (encrypted) business continuity

But Wait, There’s More!
Additionally, you have a technology-minded team focusing on the issues. Although we don’t directly create bug fixes inhouse, we recognize the importance that clients place on us to ensure they have updated information on the issues.

So What Were You Saying About Security Awareness Training?
The #1 threat, and the last line of defence, to your technology environment is the human being. This means training and proper business processes are key ingredients needed in your recipe for success. The dangers are now too high and people become complacent (have any one of us ever actually read the Apple “Terms & Conditions” before clicking ‘ok’?).

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What are Meltdown and Spectre?

 

Jeff Penner

Jeff Penner

Jeff has been in the managed services industry since 2015, understanding what business owners are looking for from technology, and helping them find it. The most important element for a business owner taking on a new technology partner is peace of mind and thus Jeff directs his efforts on finding practical information that any leader can apply to their business. Jeff lives in Vancouver, BC, sharing his love for learning and “the great indoors” with his 2 daughters.