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Mac visibility and protection security platform launched by Bit9

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Bit9 has launched a Mac security platform that helps protect and offer visibility on threats and attacks.

Named the Bit9 Security Platform for Mac OS X, the company said that this offers: visibility into what is running on every Mac OS X endpoint and server; detection of attacks; and a complete recorded history and full audit trail of all threat-related activity on every Mac for immediate incident analysis and response.

Integration is also offered with FireEye and Palo Alto Networks technologies, after connectors were announced in May. According to the company, enterprises that deploy Bit9 for Windows and Bit9 for Mac are able to manage all of their endpoints and servers from a single console.

Fran Howarth, security practice leader of Bloor Research, said: “Macs are a reality in the enterprise IT ecosystem, and as they proliferate, they are increasingly vulnerable to advanced threats and targeted attacks. It's a big mistake for enterprise security teams to underestimate the potential risks their Mac deployments represent.”

Brian Hazzard, vice president of product management at Bit9, said: “The proliferation of Macs in the enterprise has exposed organisations to a fast-growing security challenge. For the past 20 years, Windows endpoints and servers have been the target of most malware but with Macs being deployed in record numbers, enterprises urgently need new solutions to stop threats targeted specifically at Macs.

“We built Bit9 for Mac from the ground up to provide the same unmatched security for Macs in the enterprise that we do for Windows endpoints and servers.

“Now, enterprises can manage Mac and Windows security from a single Bit9 console. The bar for Mac security has been raised sky high.”

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