5 02, 2018

Meltdown and Spectre Security Flaws Explained

2019-07-16T20:02:28-05:00February 5th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Serious hardware bugs have recently been discovered to exist in almost all modern technology devices. Here’s what you need to know about Meltdown and Spectre. In early 2018, research revealed that there are fundamental security flaws in nearly every computer chip manufactured in the last 20 years. The variations of these flaws have been named Spectre and Meltdown. These vulnerabilities, if exploited, could allow attackers to gain access to data that was previously considered protected. So far there is no evidence of security breaches due to these flaws; however, such exploits would be difficult to detect. Spectre and Meltdown are so widespread and affect such fundamental components that they are being called catastrophic by security researchers. what are spectre and meltdown? Spectre and Meltdown are vulnerabilities that arose due to features that were built in to computer chips to help them run faster. Each works differently and effects different processors. Spectre utilizes what’s called speculative execution, a function that allows computer chips to process data faster by beginning to work with the data before it is actually told to do so. Imagine a calculator that can give you either a decimal or a percent of the answer to a given calculation, which before you have requested the output format you want has already calculated them both in order to answer faster. Spectre is exploited by sending a program bad data that the program begins to process before it has passed a security check, therefore tricking the program into sending private data. Spectre is hard [...]

11 12, 2017

Tech Conference Recap – Ingram Micro ONE

2019-07-16T20:30:53-05:00December 11th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Our team is back from Ingram Micro ONE 2017 and we’ve got some highlights to share with you! Ingram Micro ONE 2017, Ingram's largest conference of the year, was held November 27-30 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. The IM ONE 2017 event connects members of the Ingram Micro Trust X and SMB Alliance, as well as all Ingram Micro solution providers, for an unparalleled networking and technology education event with partners from across Ingram Micro’s ecosystem. IM ONE attracted an estimated 2000 attendees from VARs, MSPs, CSPs and IT consulting firms of all sizes. Here’s our recap: Notes from the Conference Floor Ingram Micro ONE kicked off on Monday night with the welcome reception and approximately 1000 Ingram partners in attendance including active distributors and other key partners, major manufacturers, service partners, and technology providers. On Tuesday, ImagIT and other Trust X Alliance members joined the Trust X General Session to discuss initiatives and upcoming events. The Trust X Alliance is an invite-only internal alliance within Ingram Micro that brings together 350 experienced members, that meet a high-level of business and technology criteria. As a technology focused conference, there were many great, educational sessions to attend addressing various topics within the industry. One of the most well attended talks was the opening session with Paul Bay, Ingram Micro's EVP and group president of the Americas. Bay discussed important trends and opportunities for channel partners such as artificial intelligence (AI), sales cycles, and technology as a service. Read more [...]

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