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Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities: What We
Know Now
Posted on 1/5/2018 3:26:59 PM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian

Earlier this week, it was reported that a critical Intel hardware design flaw has exposed gaps in security of their devices, that could leave them vulnerable to exploitation. Researchers discovered that these vulnerabilities affect central processing units (CPUs), or chips, from Intel and other manufacturers, which may potentially allow private data in computers and networks to become exposed.

Within this hardware issue, there are two separate security flaws to be aware of:
  1. Meltdown: This vulnerability affects laptops, desktop computers, and internet servers with Intel chips.
  2. Spectre: This vulnerability affects chips in smartphones, tablets and computers powered by Intel, ARM and AMD.
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A Business Leader's Guide to Security Vulnerabilities
Posted on 1/12/2018 10:02:00 AM by Chris Claudio

While it's normal for our staff to constantly discuss the newest technical stories, I suspect that the talk around your office to start 2018 has also been technical in nature, namely the newest security threats to make the news, frighteningly named Spectre and Meltdown. Last week, our Vice President of Security covered the high level details in his blog post, but as a business owner, this story raises questions above the technical or operational details. Specifically, what should business leaders do in this brave new world of headline grabbing security vulnerabilities?

AAs business owners, there is always more to worry about than not, but the current security and IT landscape demands that we prioritize our worries so we can remain focused on the most pressing risks and take advantage of the greatest rewards. In a constant push for risk mitigation, prudent and thoughtful action is key. Although my below recommendations may seem trite, as the headlines and news stories of threats continue (and they will), it's important to remember the basics as we make our business decisions.

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In this issue:
January 2018
Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities: What We Know Now
A Business Leader's Guide to Security Vulnerabilities
Winxnet Announces Strategic Alliance with California Managed Services Provider with Expertise in Automation

Winxnet Announces Strategic Alliance with California Managed Services Provider with Expertise in Automation

Strategic alliance between Winxnet and K&R Network Solutions creates a premier, coast to coast managed service provider to enable increased technical innovation, automation, scalability and best in class proactive services.

JANUARY 29, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine - Winxnet, Inc. an IT outsourcing and consulting firm headquartered in Maine with offices throughout the Eastern United States, is pleased to announce its strategic alliance with K&R Network Solutions, Inc., a San Diego-based Managed Services Provider with significant expertise in automation and technical integration. This alliance aligns two of the strongest and fastest growing MSPs in North America, combining deep technical experience and broad reach with local expertise.

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