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Yes, Macs are Vulnerable.

by Neil MacDonald  |  March 3, 2011  |  Comments Off on Yes, Macs are Vulnerable.

I’ve talked about this issue in past blogs, but I have an increasing number of clients asking me whether or not antimalware protection is needed on Apple Macintosh computers. More and more, organizations are putting Macs on the list of approved devices so a deeper look into this question is warranted.

I’ve provided detailed guidance in this research note for clients which just published, including a discussion of the risks of going without antimalware protection.

Remember, it’s no longer just the OS that the bad guys are targeting. Application and user-level vulnerabilities are present on every general-purpose, arbitrarily extendible OS and will be targeted — including Macs, its applications and its users.

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Neil MacDonald
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15 years at Gartner
25 years IT industry

Neil MacDonald is a vice president, distinguished analyst and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research. Mr. MacDonald is a member of Gartner's information security and privacy research team, focusing on operating system and application-level security strategies. Specific research areas include Windows security…Read Full Bio

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