Chip Defects: Why it Matters

August 22, 2019

While cyber attacks on big businesses typically make the headlines (e.g., Capital One) and test customer trust, these don’t cease operations. For small businesses, the likelihood of cyber attacks is high if not higher than big businesses, but your chances of making a full recovery are much slimmer. Just consider these facts:

That is why it is important to keep your hardware and software up-to-date.

But even by keeping your systems up-to-date to mitigate these security exploits, these patches can significantly undermine computer performance – some reports indicate from five to 40 percent.

Businesses have reported increased expenses due to the need to purchase additional server capability and higher energy consumption, or from price increases passed down by cloud computing or virtual machine providers that have also needed to mitigate the exploits.

Businesses should not have to trade performance for security. However, the only true fix to repair the security flaws would be to exchange each defective chip for a new device that is not subject to vulnerabilities and compromises in performance – a very costly endeavor. 

It is important to consult with your IT departments to understand what generation of processors you are currently using, if any software updates have been implemented to address these security vulnerabilities, performance impacts, and what other options you may have. But above all, businesses should evaluate the sensitivity of their data and implement security protocols that best protect this information.

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