The Top 3 Questions Asked About Mac OS X Mavericks

The Top 3 Questions Asked About Mac OS X Mavericks

When Apple® introduced the new MacBook Pro® with Retina® display late in October, they also unveiled the latest version of Mac® OS X® operation system, Mavericks. With over 200 new features it quickly reached critical acclaim – especially considering the upgrade is free for users as far back as Snow Leopard.

Unbeknownst to the average user, Apple introduced a lot of new business features into Mac OS X Mavericks, which Apple has outlined in their new Mac in Enterprise Webinar series . In order to prepare our clients for the change, and understand the new features, Softchoice recently hosted a webinar. We asked clients to submit questions they have about Mac – and we discovered some interesting trends. Here are the top 3 questions we are routinely asked by clients regarding Mac OS X Mavericks.

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6 Things Every Smart IT Manager Knows About Mac Security

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Many people believe the Mac® is more secure than PCs, and that hackers don’t waste time on them. Forrester has even reported that a Mac is “more secure than a Windows machine,” as “historically there have been relatively few intrusions on a Mac.”

However, the Mac has become commonplace in the enterprise and 50% of businesses now issue them to employees. This means the Mac is becoming an attractive target.

According to a Kaspersky Security Bulletin, the main reason why cyber-criminals are targeting the Mac is because “Apple® products are popular with many influential politicians and prominent businessmen, and the information stored in the devices owned by these people is of interest to a certain category of cyber-criminal”.

While Mac OS X® has strong built-in security features, there are six specific things smart IT managers already do to protect their organizations from breaches and data loss – without investing in expensive security solutions to get started.

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How to Secure the Cloud with Symantec O3

How to Secure the Cloud with Symantec O3

A recent blog post by Softchoice security expert Stephen Perciballi outlines the challenges faced by organizations that use third-party services to store their data. He points out that while it’s not unusual for companies to spend thousands, or even millions of dollars securing their corporate data center, a single critical file saved by an employee to a less-than-secure consumer Cloud solution circumvents it all.

IT managers are well aware of this risk and worry about hackers getting hold of user login credentials, and the potential for viruses, Trojans and malware to infiltrate sensitive corporate information. In the worst-case scenario, these propagate right up to the server level in a DDoS attack – to bring it all down.

The fact is users enjoy the collaboration and productivity third-party Cloud SaaS apps provide. And all they need is a credit card to access an app like Yammer from the office, cottage, or coffee shop. This puts IT Managers in a bit of a quandary. Do they take the unpopular but safe approach and block Cloud SaaS apps altogether? And is that even possible? Or, do they accept these changing times – and a changing workforce – and work with users to make access to third party Cloud SaaS apps secure?

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