Despite common belief, macOS is not unbreachable. Mac systems can and have been affected by common endpoint threats such as malware and ransomware. The first step towards protection is awareness. For the corporate network, this means retaining as much visibility and control and possible through the implementation of endpoint security.
Mac systems affected by malware and other vulnerabilities have increased exponentially since 2010, at least partially due to this myth. Part of this growth is due to the increase of Mac systems in enterprises. These devices may be unintentionally or carelessly exempted from security policies, putting the entire system at risk. To prevent this, security and risk management teams need to understand Mac-based risks and apply best practices to stop risks.
Another contributor to the growth of Mac issues is the rise in popularity of macOS for developers. Developer’s devices are a natural target for attackers since developers store and access source code and secrets such as API keys. These valuable assets need to be carefully protected, even on Mac devices.
Although Macs are not subject to all of the same issues as Windows devices, built-in Mac security cannot protect from everything. To cover the remaining gaps, you need to apply best practices such as layered security and endpoint protection. Below are some best practices you should be sure to include.
Endpoint protection (EPP) solutions typically provide monitoring, detection, and response for security incidents on endpoint devices. Endpoint devices are any device users can use to gain access to a network, for example, workstations, smartphones, or routers. Many of the available EPP solutions can provide protections for Mac devices, including:
Cynet 360 offers a platform-based Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP) supporting Windows, Linux and Mac endpoints, with built-in EDR security, Next-Generation Antivirus (NGAV), and automated incident response. To ensure complete network coverage, Cynet 360 provides network analytics, UEBA, and deception technology.
To learn more about how Cynet’s Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solution natively combines all these capabilities, click here.
Cynet’s platform includes:
Learn more about the Cynet 360 security platform.
Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Mac provides fast, unobtrusive security for Mac endpoints. It includes features for:
Performance and multi-layered protection
Kaspersky’s Endpoint Security provides lightweight protection for servers and endpoints that has a limited effect on performance. It also includes Automatic Rollback, which enables you to undo most malicious actions easily.
Agile protection technologies
Kaspersky’s solution includes static and dynamic machine learning technologies to help you identify threats regardless of type. These technologies help keep your protections relevant without requiring constant updates. This includes protection against zero-day threats and crypto miners.
Simplifies security management
Kaspersky’s solution enables you to deploy protections using preconfigured scenarios from a unified management console. This helps you ensure that your systems are continuously protected in a standardized way. It also includes cloud-enabled controls for remote management and greater productivity.
Symantec Endpoint Protection provides several layers of protection, helping to secure your devices against malware attacks and intrusion attempts.
Symantec Endpoint Protection includes features for scheduled malware scans, on-demand scans, and Auto-Protection. Auto-protection runs in the background and monitors and removes malicious programs and viruses.
Symantec’s solution monitors data on your network layer and scans packet streams. Using signature-based detection, it can identify packets used for browser or network attacks. It also includes intrusion prevention features, like firewalls for blocking threats.
Symantec’s solution enables administrators to configure device control policies. These policies enable you to manage devices by name, model, serial number, or vendor details.
ESET’s endpoint protection solutions provide multi-layered protection which provides a balance of detection, performance, and alerting.
You can use ESET solutions with most operating systems, including macOS, Linux, Windows, and Android. These protections are controlled from a single dashboard for easier and faster management.
ESET’s solutions include features for the detection of malware at any stage, including pre-execution. This enables you to limit or entirely prevent damage to your devices and systems.
macOS server support
ESET’s solutions include built-in support for macOS server systems and commonly used applications, including Mac 10.9 and above. This support eases the integration of solutions and protects your productivity.
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