Spring 2010 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Free Range Macs: Macintosh Security for Users and Non-Mac Admins

Time 04/28/10 01:15PM-02:30PM

Session Abstract

While Macintosh computers are often regarded as "secure by default", this isn't necesarily true, especially once a system has users reading mail and surfing the Internet. Proper system configuration and use of available security tools built into the operating system can maximize security without sacrificing usability. The latest release of Mac OS X 10.6, codename Snow Leopard, includes a number of security features and enhancements, including a new application firewall, the Keychain, File Vault, and encrypted disk images.

One common element in the more open educational and research networks is the prevalence of "free range" Macintosh computers that are not bound into a centralized management directory like Active Directory. In a "laissez-faire" Mac environment like this, it is important to make sure your initial security settings are configured properly and to understand what those settings do. This talk will provide a baseline of best practice Mac security settings and an explaination of the security features and tools that come built-in. Advanced security functions "under-the-hood" including command line utilities will also be covered.


Speaker James Welcher Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Secondary tracks System and Network Security for Advanced Networks

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