Reliable and secure OS X makes the Mac a serious contender throughout the enterprise

“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.'”

Full article here.

29 Comments

  1. all it takes is a few to get many to switch

    which senator is it on capital hill (kennedy?) who’s office was the only one unaffected on a daily basis by the plethora of downtime everyone else expierenced due to numerous virus problems daily..that was a good read indeed

    one guy starts with it and more will follow, this is all good press

  2. When I worked for my old newspaper (the biggest one in England) we had to use Windows cause the IT department was a bunch of stubborn old dinosaurs who were afraid of change so much that they simply ignored all the good press about OS X and instead installed the biggest waste of space I have ever seen – an OPI that cost so much I nearly fainted when I heard the price.

    IT Departments are fools cause they think they know everything when they fail to realise that you never stop learning.

  3. I work in Military security.

    I am deploying G5s as Bastion Hosts.

    They have proven themselves time and time again in our labs…

    I echo webmaster’s apprentice’s sentiments….

    Rock on Apple!!!!

  4. It doesn’t take much more effort than doing some simple window shopping to see the differences. Go to Apple.com and then Dell.com and do a comparison shop of a dual, 2Ghz, 64-bit server with OS.

    Then take a look at the OSs at Apple.com and Microsoft.com. It’s not easy to find at Microsoft, so I’ll give you some help. It’s at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/64bit/ipf/default.mspx . Now, look closely at your choices…

    “Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is built for mission-critical levels of reliability, availability, and scalability.” Does this mean that the one that most businesses use, Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, isn’t as reliable? Granted, you’re not running a NASA space mission, but you really don’t want your staff sitting idle or risk a year’s worth of work to suddenly be trashed or compromised. Regardless, I couldn’t find a price at Microsoft or Dell for this version of the OS.

    At the Apple website, I get the feeling that I could do it myself, having moderately good knowledge of computers and networks. At Microsoft’s site, I think I’d have to hire a whole IT staff just to figure out what I needed and how to put it together.

    By the way, the closest in price and features to a XServe G5 ($4,599) is a 32-bit Dell PowerEdge 1750 ($5,960). But, this isn’t a good comparison. You should buy a Dell 64-bit PE3250 ($21,248) if you want comparable hardware and software. [Xserves come with an unlimited license, this is not an option at Microsoft, so I chose the maximum 25 user license as a comparison when calculating the Dell prices.]

    4 times the price, 50 times the complexity, and STILL MUCH LESS SECURE! What level of insanity does someone need to have to actually recommend such a bloated disaster as a Microsoft server?

  5. “Security” can be explained one of two ways….

    When using Windows, security means as long as you use windows, your IT department has “job security”

    When using Mac’s, security means never having to say “virus”, “worm”, “service pack”, etc.

    Of course, as I type, my Outlook is probably locking up again on this old Dull workbox.

    Gary

  6. …With support for up to 64-Way Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) servers and 512 GB of memory…

    Yes, 512 GB of memory a 64-bit OS and SMP!

    Please, Apple doesn’t have any thing close to this “real IT world” technology.
    The “real IT world” needs to deploy network applications and databases using the .NET framework. Apple is not even playing in the same game.

    When the soon to be released Longhorn arrives and .NET controls the internet…
    unless you are using a MS OS you will be unable to conduct any type of internet business.

    So Apple users have some fun today, but the party is over we in the “real IT world” are not going to program web sites for an OS (10.x.x) that has a smaller base then Linux.

  7. Sputnik, did you read Reifman’s article? He pointed out that the Open Source community is working on software that will allow .NET programs to run on non-windoze operating systems. Since it will be a while before .NET is even close to being that dominant, the chances of it ever controlling the internet is pretty much zero. Though I suppose you’ll still be hanging around this site every chance you get in, what, 2007, 2008?

  8. This article is pretty dopey:

    “But OS X is far from headache free, judging from several security flaws announced by IT security firm Secunia in the past two weeks.”

    Yeah, right…

  9. Besides, M$ has a problem getting users to upgrade to new OS (corp & consumer).
    Even after Longhorn is released, it will take a few years for the majority to upgrade.
    By then most folks will be using open source Apps & OS (and OSX).

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