Since the release of the Macintosh in 1984, Apple’s line of Mac workstations have enjoyed a cult following. But since the iPhone and iPad brought Apple products to the mainstream in the 2000s, Macs have gained more footing in homes, schools, and businesses. Nowhere is this more apparent than in tech startups, where it’s not uncommon to find an entire company full of MacBooks.
While Macs have always been a good fit for business due to high performance and security features, Apple has never made a serious attempt at creating the kind of enterprise management and security tools that have been around for decades in the Microsoft universe. This leaves some pretty big vulnerabilities for your typical tech company.
If you run a Mac-heavy business, think about some of these questions:
Are you confident that all of your Mac users are installing critical security updates?
How many Macs are encrypted and/or have strong passwords (or any password)?
Have you ever needed to install a new application across multiple Macs?
Are you sure your users aren’t uninstalling critical apps like antivirus or backup software?
Can you remotely wipe or lock your devices when lost or stolen?
How much time would you save if you could set up Macs for new users automatically?
Apple can’t offer you a solution for all these problems and has no plans to. Instead, they have thrown their support behind Jamf, a third-party system that’s been around since 2002 and is now the industry standard in enterprise Mac management.
What can Jamf do for you?
It can let you enroll a new Mac the moment you order it from Apple so it builds itself when you unbox it
It can enforce security features like password complexity and encryption across all computers.
It can push out a new application or font to every Mac
It can even lock down machines so only pre-approved applications can be installed
And it can do all of the above for iPhones and iPads, too.
Through a strong partnership with Jamf, Kinetix has been able to help some of the fastest-growing startups in the world secure their fleet of Apple products with this powerful device management suite. We feel strongly that Jamf is a must have for any business that relies on Macs. Let us know if you’re interested in filling in the gaps in your Mac security by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org.