A new class of processor vulnerabilities — referred to as spectre and meltdown — targets a processor design flaw present in nearly every network, security and computing device. I&O leaders with responsibility for networking should develop and follow a pragmatic, risk-based plan for remediation.
- The Risk Is Real, but Don't Panic
- Develop a Risk-Based Rollout Plan for Patching Open Platforms, Recognizing That, in the Short Term, Performance May Suffer
- Don't Upgrade Without a Clear Business Need, Even If Your Vendor Tells You Patches Are Available
- Prioritize Upgrades for Internet-Facing and Cloud-Resident Systems, as They Pose the Greatest Risks
- Don't Forget About Virtual Appliances
- Baseline the Performance of Installed Appliances to Measure How Much Margin Exists in These Systems
- Apply Mitigating Controls for Network and Security Appliances That Aren't Patched
- Develop a Strategy With Your Procurement Organization to Deal With Suppliers Whose Products No Longer Meet Their Published Specifications
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