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Why Macs Need Endpoint Security

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Written by Cailey Gibson

June 10, 2020

If you own a Mac you’ve probably heard the myth that Macs don’t need additional security because they “don’t get viruses”. That is not true. If you have a Mac-based office, investing in protecting your Apple devices is critical to the security of your business. There are various types of cybersecurity threats, and that means Macs need endpoint security, plain and simple.

This may be one of the first times you’re hearing the term “Endpoint Security” so let’s start by breaking down what endpoint security is.

What is Endpoint Security

Endpoint security is a solution to help protect your end-user devices like laptops, desktops, phones, and tablets. Its purpose is to protect the device as a whole from attacks and preventing hackers from getting further into your system from that devices since they are typically linked back to your server to get emails, documents, and more.

Why Macs need Endpoint Security

 If you have a Mac do you need endpoint security? The answer is yes. Macs need endpoint security just as much as other computer devices because they are equally likely to be hit by cybersecurity attacks. According to Forbes, in 2019 “Mac Threats Outpace Microsoft Windows By 2 To 1”. On top of that, computers, in general, need a little assistance when it comes to protecting your business. Relying on built-in tools, employees, and old methods won’t help you. The list below highlights why Macs need endpoint security.

  1. Increase in Cyber Attacks
    The number of security threats increases year over year and that includes hacks and cybersecurity attacks on Mac computers. In fact, Malwarebytes reported in their research that Mac users had more than double the number of threat detections than Windows users in 2019. When the attacks are increasing across the board it’s best to protect your business with proper security solutions, including endpoint protection.

  2. Macs Aren’t Immune to Attacks
    Macs are great computers (some would argue the best) but they are not immune to attacks. Contrary to the popular myth, Macs do need antivirus protection. Since 2000 Macs have been targeted for cyber attacks and although Macs do have some great built-in tools, they still need help from the pros. Part of that outside assistance is endpoint security which includes malware protection.
  3. Employees Aren’t Consistent
    On top of added security, endpoint security software provides consistency to your IT protection updates. Instead of relying on employees (or end-users) to install and maintain their devices, you have one person who is able to go in and make updates to all the devices at the same time. It’s one simple easy task rather than relying on each employee to install updates when they aren’t busy doing their work.

  4. Remote Work is on the Rise
    Remote work has been gaining popularity over the past few years but became a necessity quickly during this COVID-19 crisis. You may still be trying to catch up to the changes your company had to undergo. Having endpoint security allows you peace of mind since the security of your devices is critical to the success of your business. It also takes the pressure off your employees, allowing them to focus on what they do best. Safeguarding your business during these times where employees are working remotely.

If you have Mac devices in your office make sure they are being protected and your business information is safeguarded on them. If you aren’t sure where to start or how to manage your Apple IT needs, contact us at SimpleTech to schedule a free consultation.

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