How Apple’s macOS Catalina 10.15 enhances security for Enterprise

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by Mosyle Team

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How Apple’s macOS Catalina 10.15 enhances security for Enterprise

When deploying corporate Apple devices, it’s important to use the most effective OS that helps your company leverage technology for success. By offering features that can increase employee productivity, enhance security and streamline certain processes, Apple’s macOS Catalina 10.15 can help your business do just that.

In this article, we’ll go over some of the new macOS Catalina 10.15 features that are beneficial for businesses, providing insights about functionalities such as Sidecar, Data Protection and more. We’ll also share how you can take full advantage of these capabilities by using an Apple device management (MDM) solution.

New features for Mac computers that increase productivity

Increasing productivity is a huge necessity when it comes to running a profitable business. When you upgrade your fleet of Mac computers to macOS Catalina 10.15, your company can continue to increase that productivity by leveraging the new features made available to you and your employees.

For example, with Sidecar, an iPad device can be used as a second monitor with a Mac computer. This extended desktop feature gives employees more room to work, and makes it easier to have all the information necessary for them to complete their tasks right in front of them. Sidecar can also be used to enhance presentations, since it gives end-users the ability to mirror desktops, optimizing meetings for example.

Notes has been upgraded as well, giving end-users the option to collaborate on entire folders, which include all the notes and subfolders inside. This feature makes it so that employees can work together on important tasks and projects in a more streamlined way within their teams.

Enhanced security with Apple’s User Enrollment

With macOS Catalina 10.15 comes new updates to Apple’s security, especially for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs. If your company already has a BYOD program, you can enroll Apple devices using the new User Enrollment method, which comes with its own set of security measures.

User Enrollment keeps personal data separate from work data using a Managed Apple ID, and helps to ensure that sensitive information isn’t accessible by IT teams. You can learn more about User Enrollment and what it means for you and your end-users here.

Aside from BYOD programs, another security feature of macOS Catalina is Data Protections. This simply means that the device checks with the end-user to see if apps are allowed to access certain parts of a user’s data. For example, if an app you installed needs permission to access the data in your Documents folder, end-users will be asked first before proceeding.

Easier identity management with Allowed Bootstrap Token

With Apple’s Allowed Bootstrap Token made available with macOS Catalina 10.15, end-users can securely log on to Mac computers easier when logging on for the first time. This means that when a network user creates a Mobile Account on a Mac computer with an encrypted volume, the Bootstrap Token provides a smoother experience by eliminating additional steps.

That’s because, prior to the token, end-users had to enter administration credentials with Secure Token to enable Filevault and other security configurations during the initial login process. To enjoy this feature using the Apple device management solution, make sure to associate the Mac computer with Mosyle Business and Apple Business Manager.

Ensure app safety with Gatekeeper

When downloading apps on Apple devices, it’s important to know whether or not the apps you’re deploying are safe. That’s why Apple has enhanced Gatekeeper to further protect your fleet of Mac computers, especially for apps installed from unknown sources.

The enhancements to Gatekeeper help check the app installations for known security issues “before you run them the first time and periodically thereafter,” as Apple puts it. These automated checks allow for continued protection of your Mac computers.

Gatekeeper can also be used to restrict the installation of downloaded apps when used with an Apple mobile device management solution like Mosyle Business. Learn more about configuring security for Apple devices here.

Activation Lock for lost devices

Another one of macOS Catalina’s 10.15 features is Activation Lock, which allows only the user to erase or reactivate a device if lost.

Important note: the Activation Lock feature is available for Mac models with the Apple T2 Security Chip.

You can take full advantage of this capability for your fleet of Mac computers by using Mosyle Business, which gives you option to enable Activation Lock through end-user initiation or MDM initiation.

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