ManageEngine to counter Mac vulnerabilities

Adds OS X patch management to Desktop Central

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ManageEngine to counter Mac vulnerabilities Venkatachalam: We are observing a steady growth of Mac computers across all verticals.
By  Stephen McBride Published  April 15, 2013

Real-time IT management specialist ManageEngine yesterday announced patch management support for Apple Mac systems in the latest release of Desktop Central, the company's desktop and mobile device management (MDM) suite.

From a central location, IT organisations running Desktop Central can now manage desktops, laptops and servers running Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

"The Apple Mac is showing steady adoption in the enterprise space," said ManageEngine. "For fiscal year 2012, Apple reported 18.1m Macs were sold, representing 6.5% year-on-year growth. Despite the Mac's growing popularity, many enterprises continue to manage Macs using haphazard, manual procedures that create real-time problems when performing patch updates and system maintenance for Macs."

"We are observing a steady growth of Mac computers across all verticals," said Mathivanan Venkatachalam, director of product management at ManageEngine. "But it only takes a few Macs on a network to create a complicated, time-consuming management chore for IT admins to manage manually. To help enterprises manage the Mac desktops and laptops, we're rolling out patch management support for Macs. Going forward, we will add more features for Mac management including software deployment, remote control and more."

The patch management support for Macs in Desktop Central is designed to help IT staff overcome the vulnerabilities that create security weakness, corrupt critical system data or cause system unavailability.

Desktop Central 8 support for Mac patch management is available immediately. Prices start at $545 for 50 computers annually for the Professional Edition. The Free Edition of Desktop Central manages up to 25 computers and two mobile devices. A free, fully-functional trial version is available at http://ow.ly/7R4ke.

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