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Apple vulnerability data

Today, let’s dispel the Apple products don’t get malware or hacked myth.    Quoting ZDNet

A report by Atlas VPN (based on data from Telefonica Tech Cybersecurity) shows how vulnerabilities found in Apple products surged by 467% during the second half of 2021 to 380 exploits, a dramatic rise from the 67 uncovered during the first half of 2021.

This puts the number of vulnerabilities found in Apple products in the latter six months of 2021 a stone’s throw away from the top generators of vulnerabilities — Google (511 vulnerabilities) and Microsoft (428 vulnerabilities). 

According to the report, a good chunk of Apple’s vulnerabilities relates to the Safari web browser and its various operating systems. In contrast, most of Microsoft’s vulnerabilities are associated with Windows OS versions, Office tools, and the Microsoft Edge browser, while Google’s vulnerabilities are primarily focused on the Android operating system and the Chrome browser.

Why do we care?

It’s always baffled me the lack of macOS support for those in infrastructure.    This is a group of clients who pay a premium for equipment – why are they not more important to traditional infrastructure players, and why are there two ecosystems for managing devices?   

Regardless, take the data points to know these devices need to be managed.