Fruity peddler of broken iPhones, Apple has actually got around to realising that faith in Steve Jobs is not enough security for its toys. For years Apple has traded on the fact that its computers could be wide open to hackers because no one could be bothered writing a virus that only worked on five percent of the world's computers.
However with the rise of iPhones and iPads, and the fact that Apple is desperate to flog its toys to businesses before they drop out of fashion faster than a Dodo around the back of a Kentucky Fried Chicken joint, it has reached the point where they think they need to do something about security. We guess this needs to happens before some hacker gets it into his head to take out everything that the expensive toy maker makes with some badly worded code knocked together in ten minutes after a long afternoon playing beer pong.
The bloke Jobs' Mob has hired is security expert and author David Rice. He's expected to start at Apple in March. Late last year Apple started working with Unisys to help it sell Apple products to corporations and government agencies. Apple was shocked to discover that corporate IT managers were not as stupid as Apple fan boys and would not stick such insecure products on their networks.
Rice is deeply respected in IT security circles but it is not clear how much of his job will be smooth talking and how much he will be doing to turn Apple's security from a joke to something more viable. He's a 1994 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has a master's degree in Information Warfare and Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He served as a Global Network Vulnerability analyst for the National Security Agency and as a Special Duty Cryptologic officer for the Navy.