Insecurity outfit wades in
An insecurity outfit has waded into Google for insisting
that people no longer use Microsoft software at its head office.
week, Google announced that its staff will require special permission to
install Microsoft operating systems and software on their computers. But Mickey Bodaei, CEO of secure browsing specialist
Trusteer said Google's shift away from Microsoft could lead to more security
problems than it solves.
He said that enterprises that are considering shifting to
an operating system like Mac or Linux should realise that, although there are
less malware programmes available against these platforms, the shift will not
solve the targetted attacks problem and may even make it worse. Bodaei added that Mac and Linux are not more secure than
Windows. They're less targeted.
When it comes to targeted attacks, this approach offers
little value and may even increase exposure. If a cyber criminal decides to
target a specific enterprise because they're interested in its data assets,
they can very easily learn the type of platform used - for example Mac or Linux - and then build
malware that attacks this platform and release it against the targeted
Security products for Mac and Linux are years behind
those that are available for Windows and would be unable to cope.