OS X and the Mac: More users, emerging risks
Most malware developers have found it more profitable to attack Windows than to learn new skills needed to target the smaller OS X user community. But Macs are finding a new home in thousands of businesses and government agencies, and malware authors are paying attention.
Forrester Research analyst Frank Gillette recently reported that “almost half of enterprises (1,000 employees or more) are issuing Macs to at least some employees—and they plan a 52% increase in the number of Macs they issue in 2012.” Even more Macs are arriving unofficially through bring your own device arrangements, where they are often an executive’s device of choice for accessing web or cloud applications. Growing Mac usage means many IT organizations must objectively assess, mitigate, and anticipate Mac-related malware threats for the first time. And the risks are clearly increasing.
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