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Steep rise in malware threats to Mac: report

Malware targeting Mac operating systems more than doubled from 2016 to 2017, according to a new report which reveals that in 2017 alone, Mac threats increased more than 270%.

According a new report from malware prevention and remediation solution provider Malwarebytes, based on its telemetry, new threats identified in the first two months of 2018 indicate a similar pace of malware development.

“The landscape today is far from the homogeneous computing environment of a decade ago,” said Marcin Kleczynski, CEO, Malwarebytes.

“Businesses are increasingly operating with a mix of Windows and Mac machines. Now, organisations can ensure the sanctity and security of their operations, with a solution that protects the business environment that exists today – with multiple operating systems at work under multiple roofs.”

As part of a solution to the problem Malwarebytes is pushing its Mac Endpoint Protection and has just announced the extension of its endpoint protection to support on Mac operating systems.

The vendor says businesses with Mac computers can benefit from Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection powered by the Malwarebytes Cloud Platform, and which features:
•    Single Dashboard – A single dashboard unites Endpoint Protection for Windows and Mac computers for easy use by the system administrator

•    Protection without Connection – Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection does not require a constant connection to the cloud platform, meaning users are still protected when they are not connected

•    Compliance – Enterprise compliance programs may safely incorporate Macs with Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection on board as a validated, PCI DSS-Validated replacement for traditional antivirus (AV) solutions


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).