When I first joined the workforce, I had a job in an advertising company and I simultaneously learned computer skills on an Apple computer and on a Windows/DOS computer. There was a definite dividing line between the two: Mac was for design and visuals; Windows was for everything else.
Oh, how times have changed!
Apple devices, traditionally marketed to the consumers, are increasing in the business world. The Enterprise Desktop Alliance has found that corporations are adopting Macs and other Apple devices as OS platforms.
With the increase in Apple in the office, there is a coordinating increase in security concerns with the devices used. As my colleague Kara Reeder reported last month, Mac users are often oblivious when it comes to threats and thus have a false sense of security. This is compounded by Apple quietly developing patches.
Edy Almer of Safend spoke with me today about the security concerns of Apple devices in enterprise use. A top security concern, he said, is synching information between devices, particularly with iTunes:
The problem is there is no internal encryption on any of the Apple devices. On your iPhone, for example, you may have your whole library of data -- personal data, customer data, financial data.
To combat this problem, Safend is using content-aware application control. If iTunes tries to open a sensitive file during synchronization, controls won't let it access the file or will warn the user about using unencrypted sensitve data in any way.
McAfee also announced security tools specifically for Macs.
Recognizing security issues that involve Apple devices is vital as they become an important business tool. As Almer told me:
End users tend to think Apples are perfect. Luckily IT managers tend to know better.