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Quick Take: Fatal Chip Flaws Set Security Back Decades

CISOs And CIOs Must Act Immediately To Weather The Chip-Ocalypse

January 5, 2018


Why Read This Brief

This week, researchers revealed two critical flaws, Meltdown and Spectre, that impact billions of mobile phones, laptops, servers, and cloud services running on chips from suppliers including AMD, ARM, and Intel. While we can patch Meltdown with software, we can only apply microcode bandages to Spectre. Fixing Spectre requires a processor redesign, which will take years. This quick take is Forrester's first analysis and guide to handling the "chip-ocalypse" for CISOs and CIOs.

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