For the (1980’s) Record, Patching Your Systems is Crucial

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As anyone who works with me knows, I am a HUGE fan of 1980’s music. Always have been, always will be. One of my favorites is a song called “You Spin Me Round” by a one hit wonder of the 1980’s (bonus points if you can name the group). The song and accompanying video pretty much typify everything about 80’s music – a certain beat, lyrics that aren’t too deep and most importantly, big hair.

So you might be wondering how this ties into IT? And why I am writing about this today? The premise of the song is things going round and round and round. In the IT Security realm, it seems like the same thing when it comes to the need for doing updates/patches. It just keeps going “right round round round.”

There have been countless examples in 2017 already about the critical need for patches and updates. We saw it most notably in May with the Wannacry scare – see the following post for our thoughts back when that issue happened. The update focus for that issue was Windows devices – servers and workstations.

Fast forward to this past week and there a new vulnerability, primarily focused around mobile devices was uncovered. Named “Broadpwn” the device flaw is associated with Broadcomm wireless chips that are found in a wide range of devices ranging from iPhones, Android devices and even Apple laptops and watches. While there is no known exploits in the wild currently, it is only a matter of time – especially given how widespread the impacted devices. For more details, see the following article.

So here we go round and round again. Updates are out for both Apple and Android devices as of this week – so let’s get those devices updated. As always, feel free to reach out to ADNET if you have any questions or concerns.

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Tim Weber

Tim Weber

Tim Weber, Director of Infrastructure Services, has been with ADNET since 1994. Tim began his career as a Systems Engineer and rapidly progressed into a leadership role as Manager of Infrastructure Services in 1999. Since then, Tim has focused on the continual growth and development of ADNET’s service delivery team, and on the evolution of ADNET’s delivery model. In 2016, Tim was promoted to Director.

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