Gartner Research

How to Secure Your macOS Enterprise Endpoints

Published: 12 October 2017

ID: G00333128

Analyst(s): John Girard , Brian Reed

Summary

Macs (i.e., Apple desktops and laptops running macOS) are a growing presence in enterprises, so it's time to stop treating them as exceptions. Security and risk management leaders need to understand the potential security risks and to follow best practices that secure Mac endpoints.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Deploy Mac OS Security Controls Based on Critical Business Questions
    • Which employees or departments use Macs, and why?
    • What is the anticipated growth of Macs in the company environment?
    • What is the nature and extent of sensitive business data being used and stored on Macs?
    • Why are Macs justified for use in the business?
    • Do you offer a bring-your-own-device program for PCs that accounts for Macs?
    • Does IT have the know-how and resources to manage Macs in the enterprise?
  • Moving From Questions to Actions
    • Implement Cross-Functional Infrastructure Controls to Manage Windows and macOS Endpoints
    • Implement Anti-Malware and Data Protection Standards
    • Offer Users the Ability to Run a Windows VM or VDI Session on Their Macs

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