Are You at Risk?

Over the past six months, three major IT security vulnerabilities have emerged, and they may affect your mobile security on your computers, IOT devices and thermal printers.

In this blog, our security experts at Lowry Solutions provide an overview of these threats, what devices they affect, and how to protect your hardware.

Recent Known Attacks

BlueBorne

BlueBorne is an attack vector that exploits Bluetooth connections to target and take control of devices. Our partner, Zebra Technologies helped bring attention to this threat with a security alert issued on October 1, 2017.

BlueBorne may affect computers, mobile phones, printers and other IoT devices running both Android and Windows Operating system.

However, WinCE and Windows Embedded Handheld devices are not affected, and Zebra Link-OS printers and CAG specials released after January 1, 2013 are also not susceptible to this form of attack.

KRACK

KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks) is a security vulnerability that targets   a key step in the Wi-Fi authentication protocol to break security encryption.

This could allow a proximate hacker within Wi-Fi range of your device and access point to access and tamper with Wi-Fi packets over connections protected by WPA/WPA2 encryption.

KRACK may affect computers, mobile phones and other IoT devices. If your device supports Wi-Fi, it is most likely affected.

Spectre and Meltdown

Spectre and Meltdown are vulnerabilities that can be exploited as speculative execution side-channel attacks by malware. There are no known active exploits of Spectre or Meltdown.

However, it’s important to be aware of these potential exploits and take appropriate steps to protect your devices.

Spectre steals data from the memory of other applications running on a device. It affects almost all modern processors, including those from AMD, ARM, and Intel.

Meltdown enables reading protected memory. It can be easily fixed by OS updates and seems to be limited to Intel chips.

 

If you’re using Zebra devices, Lowry has specific recommendations based on your OS and device type. Navigating through a security assessment can be overwhelming, however an attack can de-mobilize your business operation in just moments. Are you ready for a possible attack?

Additional Recommendations & Precautions

To protect your devices from these and future vulnerabilities and threats, we strongly recommend upgrading to the newest Android mobile computers from Zebra and using Zebra’s LifeGuard for Android™.

LifeGuard is a software security solution that adds years of Android security support well after consumer support stops. It also delivers extended security support, periodic security updates and legacy OS support to help your business maintain maximum protection against emerging security threats.

For printers, we also strongly recommend upgrading to the latest Zebra Link-OS printers, especially if you’re not using Link-OS hardware or are using older Link-OS devices purchased five years ago or more.

Lowry can provide an array of printer management tools, which makes it easy to configure printers to use secure connections, block unwanted access, and protect your data and infrastructure.

 

If you have additional questions or concerns about device security, contact us to get prompt answers and expert advice. Call Lowry Solutions at 1-888-881-2477 or email us now.

 

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