Apple’s T2 security chip brings real security to the enterprise

“There’s been a lot of discussion about Apple’s T2 security chip, particularly the restrictions it places on repairs not sanctioned by Apple. The controversy centers on an Apple utility needed to make changes like swapping out the built-in SSD drives. The overall argument ties into the right-to-repair fight, allowing hardware owners to make changes to their own devices,” Ryan Faas writes for Computerworld. “Its an issue that also affects enterprises, since it’s no longer a quick fix to change the drive in a company Mac or pull the drive from a dead Mac to retrieve its contents.”

“Most of controversy has centered on what the T2 takes away,” Faas writes. “What’s lost in the noise is what the T2 brings to the IT table and what it represents in terms of Apple’s increasing ability to custom design its own silicon for its devices. In fact, the T2 is a leap forward that should be applauded and taken as a distinct indication that Apple is on the road to powering Macs more and more with its own chips – and ultimately only with its own chips.”

“The most obvious function of the T2 is that brings TouchID to the Mac (and potentially FaceID in the future). This is a convenience, bringing a secure iOS hardware feature to the Mac. But the T2 actually does a lot more. It also enables a secure boot process that elegantly embraces security at the most basic levels of Mac functioning. As with iOS devices, it contains a Secure Enclave that can be used to store sensitive data as well as a range of encryption capabilities that can be built right into the silicon,” Faas writes. “This isn’t just about making a Mac more secure; it draws a picture of security for today’s storage technologies and positions Apple as a major player in enterprise security and data privacy. In many ways, it makes macOS as secure as iOS has always been.”

Much more in the full article – recommendedhere.

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    1. Maybe so, but that’s no reason for Apple ‘not’ to increase MAC security is it?
      And Infineon’s TPM was hacked back in 2010 with two more hacks published earlier this year for other modules. AFAIK Apple’s Secure Enclave has not and designing your own T2 in-house makes even more sense.

          1. That’s the point. We don’t know. Everything is unhacked when it first launches. Then it gets hacked, fixed, lather-rinse-repeat. But the statement that Enterprise “now” gets “real security” is BS.

  1. Fact is this chip gives potential protection to all the Apple products that adopt it into the enterprise with options to exploit it, that is far different to the TPM solution. Again it’s the illogical argument so often used on here about Pros needs when they are talking about only 5 to 10% of actual pros, it’s arguing over crumbs instead of the whole cake being inbuilt with the goodness of security straight from the recipe. PCeebies do love to obscure realities by use of such nonsense and have done so lamely for as long as I can remember. We had it endlessly with iPhone too until market realities hit home.

    As for the rediculous stone age comment from the goon at the top about enterprise doesn’t use Apple products that is from someone stuck in the Melenium … or a cave.

    1. Right, many of the firms I consulted for in the nineties had a Mac niche, and even the ones who were staunchly in the Microsoft camp had underground dissidents. There did exist a political division amongst techies for a long time, and their attitudes percolated up into the ranks of the leadership. Fortunately, after a few decades, the leadership themselves grew more savvy about tech and less dependent upon their savants. The era of Savonarola is hardly over, however. The fact is that corporations are special interests whose lobbyists corrupt elected representatives. Saner heads may never prevail, but dollars and pounds will, and that is precisely the importance of Apple’s corporate ascendency. If Apple persuades governments to adopt stricter security measures, that may accrue to Apple’s benefit but it protects us all, almost as a side effect. It is exceedingly odd, how the benefits of liberty must be guaranteed by the profits of third parties, is it not?

  2. While disabling netboot used for imaging! I customize the image to much to use packages. Went from easy to manage macs to a pain in the arse and worse than windows now.

  3. Interesting how many of the usual fanboys go into delirious fantasies of wondrous imagination when Apple declares it stuck its own chip into something. Funny however that nobody can actually explain what a T1 or T2 does, what makes it more secure than any other security chip, and why Apple buyers should pay such a hefty premium for it. It’s not like subprocessors are anything new. Facetime, storage controller, TouchID, audio, encryption, device lockdown from 3rd party repair. Obviously Apple is leveraging its surplus iPhone chipmaking capacity to make Macs ever more like iOS gadgets.

    One would think that would result in cost savings that Apple could pass on these cost savings to the consumer. Lo and behold, that is actually happening. B&H and Amazon are lowering prices $300 or more in order to move MacBooks.

    It’s the Apple Store that is waiting for Black Friday to adjust its inflated Mac prices to where they always should have been. Better late than never. Just watch out for the SSD and RAM and Applecare price gouging. If you don’t sign up for subscriptions, then Cook’s going to find some way to extract money from your wallet. The price games are tiring but Apple is nothing if not slow and predictable these days.

    1. Such an epistle of bitterness, Mike. I must agree. Apple is SO useless.

      Let me give you a hand. You don’t seem to realize — there are NUMEROUS other computer and phone companies out there. You really, really don’t have to continue using the crap that Apple foists up us!!!

      If only all those people who’ve made Apple the most successful company on the planet could see the truth! But you can be happy that you have let at least a few people know.

        1. There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who believe, and those who are incapable of belief. Those who believe can prevail, or learn new beliefs. But those who are incapable of belief are the monsters who rule us.

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