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Meltdown, Spectre, and How to Weather the Storm

intelligentID | January 8, 2018

As the new year presents the threat of two major defects affecting almost every tablet, computer, and smartphone made by Intel, there is no better time to start keeping track of your data.

Cybersecurity experts and researchers from Google recently revealed their discoveries of both ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’, two flaws that pose a major risk for sensitive data.

What Exactly is Going on?

Cybersecurity experts and researchers from Google recently revealed their discoveries of both ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’, two flaws that pose a major risk for sensitive data. These flaws make data particularly vulnerable by allowing hackers to easily manipulate apps and web browsers in order to exploit data within the memory of these devices. Of the two threats, ‘Spectre’ is especially alarming because it is a series of flaws which jeopardizes the strength and security of barriers between apps, while the success of ‘Meltdown’ is more dependent upon the distinguished features of an Intel processor. The real scare-factor to this issue is that unlike a single virus which can be stopped in its tracks, these flaws are a series of open doors, windows, and cracks in the wall that make a hacker’s life a little easier when trying reach the data within your browser.

Board the Windows

Despite the many threats these issues pose for the everyday users of such devices, there are still a few ways to protect yourself from the madness of cyberspace. You don’t need to be an expert or a Google employee, but you do need to be a smart user when it comes to your device and your data. Users of these devices are advised to check the Google list of affected products to discern whether or not your device was affected. All users, including those with Apple products, are advised to stay tuned for any software updates in the near future that could contain security updates and patches to protect against these flaws as more is uncovered regarding their capabilities.

The Intelligent ID Solution

Intelligent ID protects your organization against insider threat by monitoring file and user activity across multiple channels and alerting administrators to abnormal or risky behavior on your endpoints. Our team has researched hundreds of real-world insider threat incidents in order to produce a robust feature set geared toward protecting your organization’s employees, data, and resources. We focus on your network’s endpoint (both a design and philosophy unique to our solution) and maintaining the broadest possible spectrum of monitoring; Intelligent ID has your data security covered in the most comprehensive way available. At Intelligent ID, we believe that encryption should be readily available, easy, and future proof.

Intelligent ID recognizes each step in such an Insider Threat and includes multiple functionalities to address them all.

Intelligent ID is endpoint-based user monitoring and analytics software that secures organizations’ business assets by continuously monitoring and alerting management to suspect events taking place anywhere an endpoint may travel. This includes data loss or theft activity, compliance infractions, workplace liability issues, inefficient use of time and resources, infrastructure concerns, insecure file access, and more. For further information, visit us at www.intelligentid.com or contact us at info@intelligentid.com.

 

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