By Joy Beland

I’ve had this question pop up more and more with the recent world events, like the WannaCry virus that hit 120 countries on May 12th.  And I even have clients asking me if it makes sense to replace their PC’s with Macs, so we are working on a ROI project to see if the risks outweigh the capital expense of swapping out all of those PC’s for them.  In my mind, it’s six of one and a half dozen of the other, and I’ll tell you why:  Macs are *currently* not the big target, but the bulk of the cyber security community experts believe that is going to change, and soon.  Specifically for the reason that most Mac users feel impervious to the current threats, and spend little or no money on securing their devices and infrastructure.

At the Feb 2017 RSA Conference in San Francisco, which is one of the largest and most respected cyber security conferences in the United States, several sessions focused on Macs and Mac applications, and supported this theory.  In one session, I learned about the top six Malware threats targeting Macs, and how to identify and remediate them.  One of those of course is Ransomware – yes, Macs are just as susceptible to the data encryption for money schemes as the PC users – but the rest surprised me in their ease of scalability and transference to the users and other Macs.

All that being said, the exposure to a threat on a Mac *IS* much less severe, currently, than on a PC.  So I say this for now – definitely add a LOT of protection to your Mac, if you’re a Mac user.  We at Pink Hat use Webroot for Macs, MalwareBytes Pro for Macs, and Open DNS as a base layer of protection.  And keep your eyes open for news reports as the attack surface starts to shift to Macs.