“Is the Apple Macintosh and its OS X operating system an enterprise security contender — or should it be? ‘OS X is designed differently from the ground up — applications and user programs don’t get as ‘involved’ in the base OS as Windows, said author Richard Forno, the former chief security officer for Network Solutions,” Mathew Schwartz writes for SearchSecurity.com.
Schwartz writes, “Out of the box, only SSH is enabled on OS X and, upon starting, users must create an account and password. Root access for applications is discouraged. By comparison, Windows systems ship with most services enabled. ‘Deploying a Mac environment means you’re not running around with daily software updates or responding to incessant viruses and worms. That alone will save significant sums and staff headaches,’ said Forno… A study conducted in the mid-1990s at NASA compared support costs. The number of support people needed for Macintosh computers averaged one for every 250 computers, whereas for Windows, it was closer to one for every 30…”
Schwartz asks, “Should security administrators consider Macintosh? ‘OS X makes the Mac a serious contender throughout the enterprise,’ said Forno. ‘It seamlessly integrates with existing Wintel [Windows] environments, but in a more reliable and secure manner.'”
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