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However, Andrew Plato, president of Anitian Enterprise Security, an Oregon-based channel partner, clearly disagrees with Apple's handling of patches.
"I don't hold Apple responsible for patching Java," he said. "That's Oracle's job. I think Apple has done a very good job of patching their system. But, Apple also has a huge benefit over Google and even Microsoft because of their tight control over their ecosystem. When Apple puts out a patch, everybody gets the patch at the same time. It does not have to go through distributors and carriers and manufacturers."
Plato asserts that Apple has solid security technologies built into their products, "but it's under the covers. You don't really see it out in the open. They're now trying to be more business-focused, and in order to do that I think their security needs to be more visible and a bit more granular."
Plato further describes Apple as a "somewhat shadowy" company. "I think any visible effort towards higher security is a good thing for them. They also need to get out in the community and quit hiding. When they were at Black Hat, they went running out the back door. They need to get out in the community and make their case, engage the security world and let people know what they're doing. If they did that, the market would have a lot more faith in them."