Security Slideshow: Mac OS X Security: 7 Factors Every CIO Should Know

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 03-07-2012

No Safer Than Windows

Some security experts say that Mac OS X is just as vulnerable to exploits as Microsoft Windows.

No Safer Than Windows

Third-Party Security Software?

Have you looked for a solid third-party security package that can keep your employees running Mac OS X safely? Although many companies now offer Mac OS X security solutions, none of them are delivering the full-fledged protection you're after.

Third-Party Security Software?

Perception Isn't Reality

The perception that Mac OS X is immune from security vulnerabilities may make your users less cautious than those Windows OS users long accustomed to patch Tuesday.

Perception Isn't Reality

Apple Isn't So Forthcoming

Apple touts its operating system as being is more secure than Windows. If one considers total number of outbreaks, that might be true, given that there are far more Windows devices in use than Macs today. As Macs continue to gain popularity among consumers and the enterprise, cybercriminals are sure to ramp up their exploits against the operating system.

Apple Isn't So Forthcoming

OS X is a Link to iOS

Apple's iOS mobile platform is the operating system cybercriminals and malicious hackers are really after. However, iOS is locked down quite effectively. Therefore hackers may be looking at Mac OS X is seen as a gateway to iOS.

OS X is a Link to iOS

Mountain Lion

Apple's next OS X operating system, known as Mountain Lion, will offer a host of security features designed to protect users without the need for third-party software. Will it work?

Mountain Lion

Windows 8

Microsoft's Windows 8 is expected to be the most secure version of the operating system yet. The platform will reportedly come with enough security features to counteract any and all threats. Of course, whether or not it will fulfill that promise remains to be seen.

Windows 8