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Business IT, Security

On April 14 Intel disclosed their architectural vulnerability to a new group of side channel attacks collectively called MDS (Microarchitectural Data Sampling). Intel have provided microcode updates to their manufacturing partners for firmware updates, as well as to Microsoft, Linux and other OS developers for integration in future software patches. If you remember back to last January’s disclosure of Spectre, this sounds very much like the same thing all over again. Spectre was the first time we’d seen an architectural vulnerability like this, and the security industry predicted it wasSEE DETAILS <span class=...

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Business IT, Virtualisation / Virtualization

We still get asked this question frequently. In simple terms, virtualisation is taking your existing physical computers and making a ‘software’ copy of them. This is quite easy, because all the configured, important parts of your servers are already software anyway – the operating system itself, the programs you run, and the data you’re storing. Virtualisation platforms have a standard (identical) software version of the computer ‘hardware’ for all the virtual computers to run on top of – think of it like every computer in the world having identical hardwareSEE DETAILS

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Security

We’ve been busily auditing client environments and evaluating their readiness for Spectre mitigation. Frustratingly, of the long list of devices, computers and mainboards we have, the vast majority of products greater than two years old don’t have firmware patches available on the manufacturers’ support websites. In reaching out to Gigabyte support to determine if they did, in fact, have firmware available for a particular model, we were then provided with the file. When we asked why they have firmware available that isn’t being published on the product’s support page, theySEE DETAILS <...

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Business IT, Security

Following up from our recent article on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, we’ve had confirmation from Gigabyte that Award BIOS motherboard products cannot apply the Intel CPU microcode that patches the Spectre flaws. According to them this affects all Award BIOS products from all manufacturers. In that case, even though the CPUs may be supported by Intel, the platform itself is not, so there’s no way to apply the CPU microcode and protect that system from Spectre. There’s a possibility that Microsoft may release a future patch that includes theSEE DETAILS

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Business IT

This probably seems like a stupid question to ask – obviously, IT is computers, and everything to do with them. Well sure, it’s that. But it’s also data, it’s where you store that data, it’s how you access that data, it’s what you do with that data. It’s what that data’s worth to you. It’s what losing that data, or having that data stolen, is worth to you.For a long time, Information Technology has been considered an operational cost to businesses, a necessary cost that improves efficiency, increases productivity, andSEE DETAILS

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