By Jon Griffin Posted March 22, 2018
With Apple’s computing system Mac® infiltrating enterprises all over the world, it is bringing a new challenge for IT admins. What is the best way to ensure that they are protected, and that they are managed at the same level of security as the rest of the systems in the office? Secure Mac management is a common struggle for admins. This blog post will examine why, and what method many IT admins are taking to solve it.
Why Securing Macs is a Challenge
It’s no secret that IT has been focused on Windows® systems and users over the past two decades, leaving Macs out in the cold. This focus is no accident either. In the early 2000s, Microsoft® owned nearly 97% of the device market (Forbes). Since nearly everything was provided by Microsoft, it made sense to go with a solution that focused on those products. Not surprisingly, it just so happened that Microsoft provided the management solutions as well. Microsoft was able to take advantage of the Windows focused environment by creating Windows focused management solutions. These solutions came to be known as Active Directory® (AD) and SCCM.
AD and SCCM worked well for admins for many years, but lately it has been causing more issues for admins than they want to put up with. This is because of the transition the IT landscape has undergone since the early 2000s. IT infrastructure has moved away from the Microsoft-centric environment that was popular back then, and now has a mixture of solutions and platforms. In fact, that 97% ownership that Microsoft once had on the device market is now down to just 20% (Forbes). This is where the difficulty in securing Macs comes into play. With solutions like Mac and Linux, cloud infrastructure, web applications, WiFi, and more, it’s clear that the existing IT management tools were not built to handle this type of setup. As a result, traditional directories like Microsoft’s AD tend to break down quickly.
One good example of this is how Active Directory now struggles to connect users to all of their IT resources on its own. This can mean web applications, Linux cloud servers, WiFi networks, and more, but for the sake of this post we will focus on Macs. Since Microsoft refuses to provide support for competing devices, admins are left to deal with the challenge themselves. This often means searching for third-party solutions, which do exist, but they almost always force companies to invest further into the on-prem world. It’s clear that the future of IT is in the cloud, so on-prem is rarely the route admins want to go.
Admins need to ensure that they have secure Mac management in their organization, and they don’t want to have to do it manually. The solution they should be looking for is a secure Mac management solution that is offered from the cloud.
Secure Mac Management from the Cloud
Fortunately, a cloud-based Mac management solution does exist, and it comes in the form of JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® (DaaS).
The benefits of moving to a cloud Mac management solution are tremendous. First and foremost, one of the big benefits of using an as-a-service solution is that you offload all of the installation, management, and maintenance time and work. It can be very taxing to maintain your own on-prem infrastructure, and cloud-based directories like JumpCloud remove all of this work. The next benefit of JumpCloud DaaS is that not only can it manage Mac systems and users, but it can manage Windows and Linux systems and users as well. This means no more need for third party identity bridges that entrench you deeper into the on-prem world. On top of that, the virtual directory provides True Single Sign-On™, cloud RADIUS, hosted LDAP, MFA, and much more.
If you are interested in learning more about a directory that was built for the modern age of IT, and not the Microsoft age of yesteryear, check out JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service. Test out the full extent of the platform with our 10 free users forever offer. You can sign up for the free account here, we don’t even require a credit card. Alternatively, you can view a live demo if you prefer that instead. We do weekly demonstrations of the platform, and you are free to ask as many questions as you like throughout.
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