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macOS security implications are bigger than the headlines

A quick summary of two stories from the macOS world.

Last week, some Mac users reported problems opening apps, and it appeared to be linked to a Apple security protocol to check if the software is coming from a known source via a technology called Gatekeeper.

Quoting the Verge on the issue: Over the next year the company says it will roll out a new encrypted protocol for developer ID certificate checks while adding “strong protections against server failure” — that is, protections against the issues that stopped apps from opening last week. Finally, users will also be given the option of opting out of these security protections all together,

Additionally, researchers are reporting that changes in Big Sur are allowing some Apple apps to bypass firewalls and VPNs and communicate directly.    An example – the Mac App Store, which becomes essentially invisible to software firewalls.

Link for details in the show notes.

Why do we care?

One of those links is an article entitled “Your Computer Isn’t Yours”, which is a fairly long read, as well as a counter point from Security Embedded.

I’m highlighting this not so much for the tactical reasons around the macOS, but the strategic thinking about your computer.   The headline is very direct that you don’t really own it, and that the implications of “licensing” software rather than outright owning it are coming to roost here.  

I’ll offer two thoughts – first, you should consider how to discuss and answer this for yourself and your customers.  Second, it highlights the value of data management, because if you ensure an organization can move it’s own data… might it not matter?     

Source: The Verge

Source: The Next Web

Source: Your Computer Isn’t Yours

Source: Security Embedded