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In today’s computing environment, the security of all computing resources, from network infrastructure devices to users’ desktop and laptop computers, is essential. There are many threats to users’ computers, ranging from remotely launched network service exploits to malware spread through emails, websites, and file downloads. When an IT security configuration checklist (e.g., hardening or lockdown guide) is applied to a system in combination with trained system administrators and a sound and effective security program (which includes a robust patch management program), a substantial reduction in vulnerability exposure can be achieved.
NIST invites comments on Draft Special Publication (SP) 800-179 Revision 1, Guide to Securing macOS 10.12 Systems for IT Professionals: A NIST Security Configuration Checklist. This publication assists IT professionals in securing macOS 10.12 desktop and laptop systems within various environments. It provides detailed information about the security features of macOS 10.12 and security configuration guidelines. The publication recommends and explains tested, secure settings with the objective of simplifying the administrative burden of improving the security of macOS 10.12 systems in three types of environments: standalone, managed, and specialized security-limited functionality.