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May 2013 / Volume 15 / No. 4

Apple security update: Is it ready for the enterprise?

Apple, Inc.’s complex posture on security poses challenges for information security decision-makers charged with assessing the risks created by an influx of iPhones, iPads and Mac OS X devices. In the past year, security experts have proclaimed that Apple is simply not taking security as seriously as its major competitors. Apple’s security lags behind Microsoft Corp.’s by as much as 10 years, according to Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky, who expressed concern in April 2012 about growing malware threats, after the company’s slow response to a critical Java update, made customers’ systems vulnerable to the Flashback Trojan. Apple has since been lauded for smart security decisions, such as eliminating the use of vulnerable Java versions on its devices, and adding support for two-step verification on Apple IDs in March 2013. Is Apple a model of solid security stewardship, or merely paying more attention to security to avoid backlash? Another criticism levied at Apple is its lack of transparency. The company is not upfront about ...

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