New plans could alter how Apple machines are managed

Video A looming set of changes to the macOS has some administrators worried that the way they manage and configure Apple systems might also need to be modified.

Those changes, which have only been partly revealed by Apple, will see a new file system implemented in the OS and, in the process, a lockdown of key components of the OS – away from attackers and admins alike.

When the shift does happen, some admins believe Apple will also institute a number of the security policies and protections being used for iOS devices – such as isolating and protecting core system files – that were described loosely by Apple in its 2016 Black Hat security talk see video .

That move would likely include a shift in the way Apple devices are managed in the enterprise.

The idea of a shift to MDM was outlined by admin Michael Lynn earlier this fall in a blog post, and immediately gained a following.

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