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Rapid Vendor, Partner Responses Mitigate KRACK Wi-Fi Vulnerability

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… within two days of the news.

“It was just a case of quickly getting on with the vendors, making sure that they released patches, and then going into our control panel and pushing out those patches to the clients,” he said.

Adegbemle says the vulnerability was a teachable moment for customers to learn the importance of automation in their software and hardware.

“If you don’t have the automation in place to put in those updates month over month over month, then you realize at a certain point that updates start falling through the cracks,” he said. With really important vulnerabilities like this, you can’t afford that to happen. You need a system in place that automates your update installation.”

He says Systemverse has been migrating clients to platforms that can deliver software over the last few years. He says Cisco Meraki is an example of an offering that can quickly deliver new updates in instances like KRACK.

“For small businesses, the way forward is to move away from just going to Best Buy and buying one home or small business wireless router and hooking it up and thinking, ‘Yeah, I’m good as long as it lasts.’ That strategy’s no longer going to cut it.”

Businesses are giving more and more attention to security — even businesses that aren’t traditionally known as financial institutions. As the Equifax breach demonstrated, threat actors are interested in stealing data in order to sell it. Bishoff joins countless analysts in describing the monetization of data.

“Data is the new form of modern currency,” he said. “If you have data, you can convert it into cash for a variety of different reasons. And data gets traded inside the underground.” he said.

We gave initial suggestions for how partners can help their customers through the WPA2 vulnerability last week, with the final recommendation of “don’t panic.”

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