Meltdown and Spectre will delay patching for most organizations

Complexity and challenges associated with the Spectre and Meltdown patches will result in companies delaying future patch rollouts, according to Barkly. 72% of organizations planned to slow future rollouts and yet 50% of organizations lack a strategy for securing endpoints that are waiting to be patched, leaving companies exposed.

Applying the Meltdown and Spectre patches has been a long, frustrating process for many organizations and the survey findings show it is far from over. One month after the January Windows security update was released, one third of organizations reported that 25% or less of their machines had received the update and implemented it.

Poor communication, incompatibility issues, and roll backs due to faulty firmware updates have left many frustrated. 80% of respondents said they found the Meltdown and Spectre patching process to be unclear. A staggering 88% expressed frustration with the process, overall.

Read more about the findings of the Barkley survey on patching for Spectre and Meltdown on Help Net Security.

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