For a long time, Mac security threats weren’t a top of mind concern for security teams and vendors, who primarily focused on securing Windows where they had a much larger footprint. Now, many employees are using Macs to access production infrastructure, presenting new avenues for attackers to exploit.
The truth is, these Mac endpoints may not have the same level of security posture being applied as Windows desktops. So then, what do enterprises need to know about endpoint security for Mac?
What is endpoint security for Mac users like in 2020?
Like Linux, Mac started as more of a niche operating system, attracting creative professionals with some technical know-how. The Mac operating system was not necessarily designed for everyday use.
However, over the past decade, Mac computers have become more user-friendly and ubiquitous in businesses, a change that started with the bring your own device (BYOD) policies in modern enterprises. This approach added a new layer of endpoints, which needed to be secured.
In addition to BYOD policies, many people just want to use Macs, particularly if they are already immersed in the Apple ecosystem with iPhones and other IoT devices.
There is a lack of visibility with Mac endpoints.
Many emerging, cloud native companies run their entire workforce on macOS. In these cases, they’re often aware that they have an incomplete security strategy, and are actively attempting to do something to reduce these IT blind spots. However, lack of comprehensive tooling is a real challenge.
Whereas Windows has comprehensive (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Uptycs Blog authored by Pat Haley. Read the original post at: https://www.uptycs.com/blog/what-is-endpoint-security-for-mac