Care About Security? Update Your Platform Now!

Care About Security? Update Your Platform Now!

Thee DocKtor is very often offered insight into the practices of many IT departments, sometimes more than he wants to realise. One issue that comes up too often at large enterprises, single consumers, and even government docking station users is that their platforms are woefully in need of maintenance; maintenance per the manufacturers’ recommendations.

Gone are the days of waiting to apply patches for security, but more often forgot than implemented is the practice of platform maintenance. Just like automobiles, PC (and Chromebooks, Macbooks, etc.) require maintenance. This is not just to keep their Targus docking stations working, but more for security reasons, and to keep the PC functioning at its best and performing well. Some updates may even increase the useful life of the platform.

This maintenance goes beyond just keeping the OS updated, but more importantly, manufacturers are making changes for important security reasons. This has been especially important since the discovery of Side Channel Security Vulnerabilities, like Spectre and Meltdown. It’s now considered Cyber Security 101 to keep platforms updated and patched.

The new best practice, and Thee DocKtor highly recommends, for every deployed PC that IT departments and those responsible update BIOS, drivers and firmware as recommended at support.OEM.com (replace OEM with your platform's manufacturer or associated vendor). Many of these updates effect dock, and other device, operation, regardless of the underlying technology.

Here are some useful links regarding the need for updates to mitigate Side Channel vulnerabilities from many popular OEMs:
  1. Apple
  2. Asus
  3. Dell
  4. Google
  5. HP
  6. Lenovo
  7. Microsoft
  8. Toshiba
  9. AMD
  10. ARM
  11. Intel
  12. nVidia
  13. National Cyber Security Centre

Thee DocKtor also recommends running and applying Windows, Chromium, macOS, etc. updates as appropriate after the updating the host per the manufacturers as described above.

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Thirty-five years and a history of firsts, Targus has been revolutionizing mobile computing accessories for large enterprises and end-users alike — connecting people and technology in meaningful ways. From laptop bags to tablet cases to peripherals and universal docking stations, we persistently conceive, design, and produce innovative, productivity-boosting solutions that make the complex, simple; and help people pursue their passions and live their purpose – at work and in life. We cross categories, regions, industries, and lifestyles with a breadth and depth of products that seamlessly provide you with everything you need to live, dream, and do.

Headquartered in Anaheim, California, Targus has global operations in over 45 offices and distribution in more than 100 countries. Learn more about us at targus.com, like or follow us on Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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For more than 35 years, Targus has been revolutionising mobile computing accessories for large enterprises and consumers alike — connecting people and technology in meaningful ways. From laptop bags to tablet cases, to peripherals and universal docking stations, we persistently conceive, design, and produce innovative, productivity-boosting solutions that make the complex, simple; and seamlessly integrate into the lifestyles of mobile professionals wherever they work – at home, in the office, or wherever they go. We cross categories, regions, industries, and lifestyles with a breadth and depth of products that provide you with the solutions you need to live, dream, and do.

Headquartered in Anaheim, California, Targus has global operations in more than 24 offices and distribution in more than 100 countries. Like or follow us on Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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