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Security Leaders Need to Do Seven Things to Deal With Spectre/Meltdown

Published: 02 February 2018

ID: G00351889

Analyst(s): Neil MacDonald


During January 2018, researchers disclosed Spectre and Meltdown, a new class of vulnerabilities targeting an underlying, exploitable implementation in modern microprocessors that affects most IT systems. Security and risk management leaders should develop a pragmatic, risk-based remediation plan.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • The Risk Is Real, but Don't Panic
  • Create a Detailed Inventory as the Starting Point
  • Develop a Risk-Prioritized Remediation Plan
  • Prioritize Your Remediation Efforts
  • Acknowledge That Sometimes the Appropriate, Risk-Based Decision Is Not to Patch
  • Implement Strong System Operational Hygiene and Mitigating Controls
  • Plan for Further Mitigation Efforts Through the Next Few Years

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