Spectre/Meltdown Vulnerabilities and Remediation

Date: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Time: 11:00am – 12:30 pm (Free parking, Raffle, Lunch, & Networking)

Location: ADP Salt Lake City – 2835 Decker Lake Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84119 [Directions/Parking Info]

Topic: Spectre/Meltdown Vulnerabilities and Remediation

Speaker: Joe Wood, Engineer – ADP, LLC

Session Abstract:  This month’s session will focus on the Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities, what they are, and what can be done to mitigate them on the IBM i.  The presentation will cover Chips/Models affected, Risks, and IBM Stack Review and User experience, Pitfalls and Best Practices.  Those in attendance will receive a copy of the presentation with helpful reference links and system commands.  The information will span entry level single systems to highly virtualized multi-frame environments.

Who Should Attend: This session will appeal to Power System Administrators, System Operators, Network Administrators, Developers.  Anyone concerned with security will benefit.

Joe Wood is currently an Engineer in the Global Enterprise Technology Group @ ADP, LLC where he shares responsibility for the company’s IBM Power Platform which complements a larger group of zSeries Mainframes, Windows servers, and Open System platforms serving 620,000 customers spanning 125 countries with 55,000+ Associates.  Joe has 34 years of experience on the IBM midrange platform serving in capacities from Operator/Admin to top level IT leadership.  His experiences in small, medium, and large businesses (Including consulting) have contributed to his ability to be everything from “hands on jack of all trades” to developing and implementing IT/Business strategic directions.

He has participated in and presented at the U of U IT round table series, a Westminster MBA Knowledge management session, and numerous IFDA (International Foodservice Distribution Association) events around the U.S.  Joe has a passion for process improvement, behavior changing software/technologies, and thoroughly enjoys competing at any level and activity. He has served in various volunteer capacities including School Community Council chairperson, UIIPA User Group leadership, and IFDA’s IT Committee Chair. He regularly joins networking and share groups when and where relevant.

We thank Joe Wood for his expertise in this area and look forward to this session !

Special thanks to Maxava (Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, & High Availability Software for the IBM i) for their generous contributions and support of the UIIPA membership.

Author: Joe Wood