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Device security is at the forefront for any IT department. While many professionals are familiar with how to secure Windows in an enterprise environment, they might not be as up-to-date on how to secure macOS. In this guide, I’ll give some steps to consider, but this isn’t meant to be an exhaustive guide as every industry and company will have different requirements, so consider this information a “starting point.”
About Apple @ Work: Bradley Chambers has been managing an enterprise IT network since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing firewalls, switches, a mobile device management system, enterprise-grade Wi-Fi, 100s of Macs, and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple IT managers deploy Apple devices, build networks to support them, train users, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for IT departments.
The first step is to make sure you’re using Apple’s Device Enrollment Program so when you purchase a new Mac through your Apple Business Store. You’ll want the serial number to be tied to your account and automatically enrolled in your mobile device management system. This process will result in a supervised Mac.
FileVault 2 first made its appearance in OS X Lion in 2011, so any Mac bought in recent years will support it. While many corporate documents are stored in cloud services, it’s effortless to still have confidential files stored and cached for offline use. With FileVault2 enabled, an organization’s information is safe on the hard drive even if the device is lost or stolen. With FileVault 2, end users don’t need to worry about individually encrypting each file or storing files in specific encrypted locations, as the data on the entire hard drive is encrypted.
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