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Adam Bannister was Editor of IFSEC Global from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam is also a former Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
January 4, 2018

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The smart buildings report 2017: installed base, benefits and challenges, cyber threat and barriers to adoption

MELTDOWN AND SPECTRE

WATCH: Why your computer can almost certainly be hacked via your processor

Researchers have uncovered alarming cybersecurity vulnerabilities in processors used in almost every computer in use on Earth.

Watch our short video below to find out more.

Dr Richard Ford, Chief Scientist at Forcepoint, had this to say about the CPU flaws discovered: “2018 has gotten off to a tough start with the news of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Both of these vulnerabilities relate to failures of isolation, and while they are about data leaking from one place to another rather than code execution, they spell trouble for pretty much all computer users, everywhere.

“The events of the last few days only underscore how vulnerable our critical data is to attackers. While these vulnerabilities are worrisome, these exploits are just two of the raft of threats we have to deal with each and every day.

“If you’re a security professional, trying to chase every single new threat is like trying to chase your own tail. We urge defenders to keep a careful eye on the overall threat environment yet increase their focus on who and what has access to the data that is most sensitive. This user- and data-centric approach to security has never been more important.”

Download The smart buildings report 2017: installed base, benefits and challenges, cyber threat and barriers to adoption

IFSEC Global polled hundreds of professionals involved in the building supply chain and management of commercial premises to understand the changing ‘smart building’ landscape.

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