Gartner Research

Mitigating Spectre and Meltdown in the Enterprise

Published: 19 March 2018

ID: G00351367

Analyst(s): Nik Simpson

Summary

Spectre and Meltdown attacks potentially impact every computing device in the enterprise and mitigations may be required at all levels, from the underlying hardware to applications. Technical professionals must understand the threat and what they should do about it.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • What Are the Nature and Severity of the Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities?
  • What Should IT Do Today to Mitigate the Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities?
    • Understanding Attack Paths and Mitigations
    • Getting Started
    • Assessment of Required Steps for Different Types of System
  • What Are the Future Implications of the Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities?
    • Is the Current Round of Patching a Singular Event?
    • When Will Processors Immune to the Attacks Arrive?
    • Are Public Clouds Now Too Dangerous?

Conclusion

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