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As more iOS devices make their way into businesses through the bring-your-own-device phenomenon, Mac adoption in businesses is also rising, creating a more inviting target for attackers, according to Andrew Brust, CEO of Microsoft analyst firm Blue Badge Insights, based in New York City.
"Macs can’t keep that low profile anymore, and the bullies are starting to target it, with increasing frequency," Brust said.
Apple has kept security under the same cloak of secrecy as the rest of its operations, but there are signs that may be changing. Next month, Apple is slated to take part in the Black Hat security conference for the first time. Dallas De Atley, manager of the platform security team, will give a talk there on key security technologies in iOS.
On Monday at the opening of its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple offered insight into the security improvements in OS X Mountain Lion, which is slated for release in July. The big new feature is Gatekeeper, a security mechanism that allows OS X developers to digitally sign their apps, thereby preventing users from accidentally installing malicious software.
We will probably never know for certain why Apple removed Windows security comparisons from its website, but Peter Bybee, president and CEO of San Diego, Calif.-based Security On-Demand, a managed security services provider, believes the company is well aware that it is becoming more of a target.