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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Optimize your network with due-diligent security controls [McAfee]

Most companies already have some form of protection against cyber-threats and malware, such as anti-virus software. But the threat landscape changes at warp speed, and it’s hard to keep up with the latest threats, and even harder to manage a diverse set of security tools.

One solution you might want to consider in your security toolkit is a Network Intrusion Prevention System, or IPS, which is an out-of-the-box hardware- and software-based system that helps take the guesswork out of security.

Not only does an IPS solution protect against the latest threats — including malware, botnets and denial-of-service attacks — it also streamlines security operations and can even unify network security management across physical and virtual environments.

If the current solution you have in place is causing more management headaches than peace of mind, you might want to consider IPS. Here’s why: An IPS solution inspects network traffic in near real time, identifying attacks using known vulnerabilities, as well as attack patterns with unusual activity. Not only can an IPS solution help prevent attacks on your data, it can also provide proactive protection for unpatched systems and zero-day attacks. [Read more…]

The good old days are over. Find out the new rules of security. [Sophos]

Each day, the media reminds us constantly of the risk involved with using the web & devices that allow us to connect with each other. But ultimately, it is the job of IT professionals to act as guardians. Once upon a time, these professionals only needed to worry about straightforward virus attacks. But times have changed, and what was once a leisure activity of a small group of IT marauders, has become a multi-billion dollar business.

Now that organized criminals relentlessly troll for vulnerabilities, the risk is high for any organization that uses technology in ordinary and legitimate ways. When using multiple platforms, on multiple devices, in multiple networks, organizations must update their protection beyond traditional antivirus, even when exposure lies in routine situations.

Letting your guard down can have dangerous consequences.

Sophos, a world leader in IT Security, has just released a new version of their award-winning software, Endpoint 10. Built to give your organization even better protection against malware infection and data loss, Endpoint 10 is complete security that environments of all size can implement. [Read more…]