LANDesk Software Secures Macs

by David Needle

Security management firm offers Trusted Access for Mac OS X and future Intel-based Macs.

LANDesk has announced the addition of Macintosh to the platforms it supports with its Trusted Access security management software.

Although Windows-based PCs reside on most corporate desktops, the Mac has a long-established niche in publishing and multimedia departments, as well as in companies that specialize in those areas. In other words, the Mac may not be thought of as a corporate computer, but it is used by many large companies.

"Apple is also very strong in education, and more school districts are being run like enterprises," said Scott Parkin, product manager for Macintosh support, in an interview with internetnews.com.

LANDesk's Trusted Access Security Suite lets IT managers stop infected or unprotected systems from connecting to the corporate network, as well as protect corporate resources from connected systems that become corrupt. Quarantined systems are then put through the appropriate remediation steps to bring them into compliance with corporate policies before being granted access and released onto the network. LANDesk is showing the new software at Macworld Expo, which begins today in San Francisco.

"We realized from customer feedback that there's an immense need among Mac users in the enterprise for a scan-and-block technology," said Devon Anderson, product manager for LANDesk's security suite software. "There are a lot of Macs in small departments that aren't managed devices. Now we can help companies with a more heterogeneous approach to security on the network. We can offer the same strong network access protection pretty much required in the Windows world."

Anderson conceded that Macs are generally more secure than Windows PCs, but most computers are potentially subject to security and virus-related problems. There are other feature, such as software audits, that make LANdesk's software useful.

Salt Lake City, Utah-based LANDesk was purchased and later spun out of Intel in 2002, after 11 years as part of the chip giant. The company's intimate knowledge of the Intel architecture makes it well suited to also design quickly for future Macs based on Intel processors.

Like several other select developers, Parkin said LANDesk has an Intel-based prototype system, which it's been using since August. "I think Apple choosing Intel chips will lead to substantial success of Apple's acceptance in the enterprise," he said. "We've had full support from Apple to get our software done."

The addition of LANDesk Trusted Access functionality for Macintosh OS X is available as part of the LANDesk 8.6.1 service pack being distributed to existing customers and will be available for purchase this month. LANDesk said that Version 8.6, released in August, was the first software tool capable of performing systems management over the Internet, thereby saving enterprises the expense of a dedicated leased line or VPN solution.

Article courtesy of internetnews.com

This article was originally published on Wednesday Jan 11th 2006