Apple Pushes Out Security Update

Many of the Apple users I run across in my daily life still believe that Macs, MacBooks, iPads, and iPhones are immune from hacking.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Cyber-criminals have been writing exploits for the Apple platform, including iOS, since at least 2011.  Mac users need to secure their computers too.

imageTo that end, last December Apple pushed out an automatic security update that fixed and issue reported by US-CERT regarding flaws in the Network Time Protocol (NTP) that could allow remote attackers to take control of computer remotely.  If you have set your updates setting to manual, then you need to go out and get this important patch.  If your settings are automatic, then you are already protected.  If you are not sure – then find out!

Yes, Windows is still the biggest target and most exploits are targeting that platform, but there are exploits for OSx, iOS, Android, and Linux platforms.  If it is a computer, you need to secure it with a good malware scanner/preventer, and a firewall.


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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