Microprocessor Speed vs Security Flaw

Microprocessor Speed vs Security Flaw

Spectre and Meltdown are both flaws in every modern microprocessors, based on the concept of predictive computing, that dates back to 1967, but wasn’t implemented into microprocessors until the 1990s.

It appears that for the last twenty years microprocessors have been built for speed over security, thus every modern microprocessor can be exploited.

Intel has rushed to release patches to address these flaws, but has run into system reboot problems and stability problems, which has caused systems to crash. Intel on Monday advised all users to not apply any of their firmware patches.

Software Attack Risks

Major Problems

Intel also isn’t the only vendor having problems patching Meltdown and Spectre. Microsoft pulled their patches after systems froze, and end users received the blue screen of death. Antivirus companies were also required to patch their systems after Microsoft patches were installed.

Many cloud vendors are still trying to figure out which of their products and services are at risk.

It seems the patch updates is getting very messy in the high target Cloud computing market where the systems can be exploited in these public shared computing environments much easier than in non-shared public environments.

For typical desktop users, the risk is less significant, it still is a problem, but less targeted.

Basically the Microprocessor Speed vs Security Flaw has come to roost, and it is and will continue to be a long term messy and costly fix.

Major Questions

The question now is with all the patches being rushed to market, and as we are seeing crashing servers, what other security flaws are being created? How safe in your data in the “Cloud”?
We then add Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook apps, website access, Google searching, and the hundreds to thousands of unknown web server sessions for your modern microprocessors to calculate, along with the hundreds to thousands of server’s microprocessors calculations, are you safe?

Are You Safe?

No you are not safe. Running your enterprise in the public cloud is a bad idea, and sadly the savings to risk analysis will only get worse.

With the constant security flaws in our modern technology world, we recommend running your enterprise with our Adept Enterprise Software, which medicates the risk of being a huge target with Cloud providers to being a very small target with Adept Technologies on-premises systems and private service systems.

It is easier to manage the risks, and it is cheaper when your systems are not a huge and easy target to exploit.

Contact us today to see how Adept Enterprise can help your organization.

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Unsupported software systems: Microsoft shuts down support for Windows 8.1, upgrade to Windows 10 ends today.

Unsupported software systems: Microsoft shuts down support for Windows 8.1, upgrade to Windows 10 ends today.

New York, NY – Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 is essentially a dead operating system. Microsoft ended mainstream support on January 9th. There will be no new features, or bug fixes. There is a last-ditch upgrade to Windows 10 via the Microsoft assistive technology loophole, but it ends today January 16, 2018.

All software has a lifecycle. It gets developed, released, updated, and eventually completely over written for a newer version. There is nothing to stop you from using unsupported software, but the dangers are huge.

Basically the unsupported software has no further updates, no bug fixes, no technical support, then there are the security weaknesses, and security bugs that can be exploited by hackers. We have seen ransomware attacks that are designed to target unsupported software systems. Ransomware systems like Wanncry and Petya have been very active in this field.

Unsupported Software Risks

Bottom line

If your version of any software system is no longer supported, you are putting your business at risk.

Devices connected to your network are more integral to your business then you think. Which means that a virus on any device could cause a major business disruption.

Although you can believe you can accept the risk of running unsupported software, you should treat it as a temporary strategy.

Unsupported software systems will expose your corporate network to cyberattacks. The cost and resources required to replace unsupported software will be much greater then making sure your software is supported. The perceived cost and impact of an adverse event caused by the unsupported software is huge, and can possibly put your organization out of business.

If your organization has decided to allow the use of unsupported software, senior management should fully understand the risks, and they should establish a policy for preventing unsupported software on its network. Such a policy must be part of the business risk management plan. It should specifically identify resources and earmark funding to implement the policy.

What can you do?

1) Inform senior management about the risks of running unsupported software.
2) Establish a corporate wide policy for preventing unsupported software use on your networks.
3) Ensure the corporate wide policy aligns with your corporation’s risk management plan.
4) Identify resources and earmark corporate funding to implement the policy.
5) Contact Adept Technologies: www.adepttech.com.

We at Adept Technologies have replaced numerous unsupported software systems in our industry.

Contact us today to see how Adept Enterprise can help your organization.

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On Premise vs Private Cloud: Finding what best fits with your organization

On Premise vs Private Cloud: Finding what best fits with your organization

New York, NY – At Adept Technologies we offer Adept Enterprise in 3 flavors. Private Cloud, On Premise, and Hybrid. We know there are certain mission critical systems that can never be placed outside the organization, while other mission systems can.

It really comes down to the requirements of the organization. As a software vendor to the Department of Defense you are held to strict data requirements, including where data can be stored. Obviously the Cloud is NOT a place to store this data.

In some cases where organizations are subsidiary to larger organizations, and are bought and sold every two to five years, it makes sense to have your mission systems stored in a private cloud.

Another interesting flavor is our hybrid systems where On Premise systems and Private Cloud systems work together based on the requirements of the organization.

Adept Enterprise

Adept Enterprise in three flavors

Being a pioneer in enterprise software requires us at Adept Technologies to leverage On Premise, Private Cloud, and Hybrid platforms. Most of our clients have been surprised to find that lower costs have not been the biggest benefit of our private cloud systems, but they come from operational shifts, performance gains, and zero percent down time.

We at Adept Technologies do not leverage 3rd party cloud services such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Zadara Cloud storage for our Private Cloud services. The reason why is we do not trust the public cloud. We like to know what server stores your data, where that data is and where it goes at all times. We build our servers and we program them and we place them in our server racks (we own the racks too) at our different datacenters via our partner corporation Tierpoint. They provide the redundant space, power and internet communications. We have been working side by side with Tierpoint for over eight years, providing our Adept Enterprise private cloud services to numerous clients, and we have had 100% update time.

Offering Adept Enterprise in 3 flavors, On Premise, Private Cloud, and Hybrid gives our customers the flexibility to manage their systems, that best fits their organization, and prevents critical information from being in the hands of the wrong people.

We mold Adept Enterprise around your organization.

PRESS RELEASE Adept Technologies Launches Free Integrated GIS Mapping System

Adept Technologies Launches Free GIS Mapping System

New York, NY – 2018 is an exciting year for the clients of Adept Technologies.
Answering the demand for an integrated GIS mapping system, and eliminating the need for 3rd party GIS vendors, Adept has listened and delivered.
Leveraging the ESRI ArcGIS API for JavaScript, our clients that have invested in ESRI ARCGIS systems will now not have to worry about 3rd party GIS vendors when using the Adept Enterprise systems and services.

GIS Mapping System

“We now have a mapping system strictly leveraging the ESRI API and Adept’s API systems. This allows our customers to reduce costs and eliminate the need for 3rd party GIS vendors. We have added this system for free to all our existing customers that have ESRI ArcGIS systems. Our customers can now access their maps in the field via the Adept Systems, view all activities, inspections, documents, photos as layer data from their existing maps. They can mark up their maps, and print reports all in the field, and without GIS 3rd party tools. This is very exciting, and the ESRI API tools are amazing allowing us to give this away for free. 3rd party vendors in GIS were like middlemen between software vendors, and bad for the industry. The API systems that ESRI provides solidifies ESRI as the Industry leader in GIS.” Said Nicholas Cordua, Chief Technology Officer, Adept Technologies Inc.

Adept Technologies, Inc. (Adept) is a New York City-based software development company that provides integrated enterprise solutions to corporations and municipalities across the United States. Adept is the leading provider of customizable shoreline permit management software (the Adept Enterprise System) to hydropower project developers, real estate divisions, and issuing agencies. Adept Enterprise enables efficient management of energy resources and provides easy access to centralized data with GIS mapping integration. Available in Web, Windows, and private-cloud-hosted versions, Adept Enterprise is the only application designed to ensure FERC license compliance.

North Korea Escalating Cyber-Attacks

North Korea Escalating Cyber-Attacks With Little Fear of Retaliation (http://www.eweek.com)

Technology

Online attackers from North Korea reportedly stole confidential military documents, including war contingency plans drawn up by U.S. and South Korean forces. Without any downside, such attacks will continue, security experts say.

The data, part of a massive haul of 235 gigabytes taken during an intrusion spanning the months of August and September 2016, was only recently identified as the South Korean government pieced together what was taken.

Lee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker and member of the parliamentary defense committee, said that attackers had infiltrated the Defense Integrated Data Center, according to The Washington Post. The stolen data includes war plans and a scheme to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in the event of war, according to the South Korean lawmaker. The attack happened last year, but only 20 percent of the documents have so far been identified.

…….Continue reading at www.eweek.com

My Two Cents: I read that the documentation stolen was located in a network not connected to the internet. That a so called maintenance port was accessed with a laptop that acted as a go between the North Koreans and the South Korean systems. I am shocked that such a high classified network did not alert the South Koreans that a unknown device had attached itself to their system and was accessing data. But of course spies have access if they are already in the inside and are authorized access. I would review all the authorized user access records and locate the spies within the organization…. but then again don’t believe what you read…