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Tuesday, 01 May 2012 10:39

Apple is ten years behind Microsoft

Written by Nick Farrell



Kaspersky says Jobs' Mob needs to learn about security


Kaspersky Lab founder Eugene Kaspersky has claimed that Apple is nearly ten years behind Microsoft when it comes to dealing with security threats.

Talking to Info Security 2012, Kaspersky said that Jobs' Mob will have to acknowledge that it is not more secure than other operating systems and need to change its approach to security. He said that Apple is in the same position that Microsoft was in nearly a decade ago, arrogantly ignoring the security threat.

Kaspersky said that from a security point of view there is no big difference between Mac and Windows. It's always been possible to develop Mac malware. His view though has been dismissed by Mikko Hypponen, chief security officer of Finnish anti-virus firm F-Secure who claimed that comparing Apple and Microsoft is like comparing apples and oranges.

He said that Apple might have some sort of an attitude problem, which shows in their slow patch cycles and so on.  Its hard to critique them with all they've done with OS X: app sandboxing, memory randomization, non-executable memory support, and the glorious App Store model.

Hell, if that is the attitude of F-Secure to security I am taking that sucker off my laptop right now.  Anyone who thinks that no security and deliberately delayed updates is what you should expect from a company clearly could not provide a security product I would want on my machine.

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Nick Farrell

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