If you have read any technology-related news in 2018 then you have probably seen the headlines about two major security vulnerabilities that were discovered. "Meltdown" and "Spectre" are the names given to vulnerabilities that affect the main computer processors found in almost every computer, server, and mobile device made in the last 20 years. Meltdown affects Intel processors and Spectre affects Intel, AMD, and ARM processors. These vulnerabilities are considered to be major because they could allow hackers to access passwords and other data that should be secured. This does not mean exploiting these vulnerabilities will be easy, and both hardware and software manufacturers are racing to patch the vulnerabilities as quickly as possible.
Information technology staff at Western are aware of these vulnerabilities and are applying the necessary updates as manufacturers make them available. For more information, and to find out how to protect your personally owned devices, read our Knowledgebase Article on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.