MEMORIAL POLICY, October 6, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Covid-19 has spurred the largest movement of the workforce into its homes throughout history, and it is now more important than ever to ensure the safety of endpoints and units with companies adapting to labor anywhere. In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, market research firm Vanson Bourne and Jamf (NASDAQ: JAMF) examined the standard in Apple Enterprise Management, 1,500 IT and information security professionals about the organization̵
Mac usage is on the rise
There are clear indications that all respondents in IT and information security, regardless of which devices the organizations are currently using, expect to see an increase in the number of Macs in the next 12 months. 74% of organizations with predominantly Mac users say they want to increase the number of devices in their organization, and 65% of organizations with predominantly non-Mac users say they want to increase the number of Macs.
IT and security say supervision and security maintenance is easier on Mac
Among IT and infosec professionals, it was agreed that overview and visibility of endpoints is easier on Mac, but also that Mac security maintenance is easier. More than three-quarters (77%) of organizations that use both Mac and non-Mac devices view the Mac as the most secure device out of the box, and 79% of Mac users say that its perceived security reputation positively affects their purchase decision. Even organizations that are predominantly non-Mac agree – almost 3 out of 5 (57%) say that Mac’s security reputation positively influences the purchasing decision.
In addition, with all security tools active, 71% of respondents who have organizations that use both Macs and non-Macs have better end-user satisfaction with Macs – an important part of delivering the intended Apple experience employees demand. Perceived reputation and satisfaction with end users leads to 84% of respondents whose organizations use both Mac and non-Mac devices, to say that they would choose Mac if all of the organization’s end users had to use the same device type.
Despite satisfaction with the Mac, IT and security teams still face challenges
As Mac adoption rises in the enterprise, awareness of cyber attacks and threats will also increase. To combat, precision and proper allocation of tools and resources are crucial. Half of IT and security teams worry about unknown threats when they contain and repair security incidents, and almost all (96%) organizations prioritize security software spending in the future. Top areas include data loss prevention, antivirus / next-generation anti-virus and endpoint detection and response.
Organizations still have challenges and concerns about the operating system (OS) and device security throughout the fleet. Mac users report less time than their non-Mac counterparts to roll out major OS updates and security updates, but there is still an average of four days from update to update and five days to launch major OS releases for Mac . Organizations cite compatibility testing, security tool compatibility, and internal application compatibility as the top three reasons for the delay. The time it takes to roll out the latest major operating system and security updates leaves your devices open to vulnerabilities.
Top cybersecurity issues include malware, data loss and phishing. In addition, almost half of the IT and InfoSec teams cite unknown threats as their biggest challenge to contain (47%) and remedy (45%) a potential security incident, with other important challenges for remediation, including lack of time, staff, tools and money.
“Mac continues its impressive growth in the company, and through this study we found that the demand for these devices is not only driven by end users, but also by IT and security teams, “said Patrick Wardle, chief security researcher, Jamf. “However, there are still unique challenges and concerns to secure these devices. Organizations with Mac distributions must now have tools that are specifically built for Apple, and that can counteract the ever-evolving Mac-specific threats. In addition, such tools must support new versions of operating systems on release day, to ensure teams can test and upgrade their macOS fleets right away – all while enhancing the original Apple experience employees need. “
Summary of important findings
- 74% of organizations with predominantly Mac users say they will increase the number of devices in their organization over the next 12 months.
- 65% of non-Mac users say they want to increase the number of Macs in their organization.
- 77% of organizations that use both Mac and non-Mac devices consider the Mac as the most secure device.
- 79% of Mac users say that perceived security reputation influences their purchasing decision, and 57% of organizations that are predominantly non-Mac users agree.
- 71% say that Mac provides better end-user satisfaction with all active security tools.
- 84% of organizations that use both Mac and non-Mac devices choose Mac for the entire workforce.
- Almost half of the IT and InfoSec teams cite unknown threats as their biggest challenge to contain (47%) and remedy (45%) a potential security incident.
- Mac users roll out OS security updates 30% faster than non-Macs, and it’s a 4-day average for Mac users to roll out OS security updates.
- 96% of organizations prioritize security software spending in the future.
To access a full copy of the report, visit https://www.jamf.com/resources/e-books/state-of-enterprise-mac-security/.
This survey, conducted in the summer of 2020, market research firm Vanson Bourne surveyed 1,500 IT and infosec individuals from companies across North America and EMEA, ranging from small to large companies. Of the 1,500 respondents, there was an even distribution of primarily Mac and non-Mac environments.
Jamf, the standard in Apple Enterprise Management, extends the legendary Apple experience people love, to businesses, schools and government organizations through the software and the world’s largest online community of IT administrators focusing exclusively on Apple, Jamf Nation. To learn more, visit: www.jamf.com.
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