U.S. Army Installing Apple Computers
Because they're harder to hack:
Though Apple machines are still pricier than their Windows counterparts, the added security they offer might be worth the cost, says Wallington. He points out that Apple's X Serve servers, which are gradually becoming more commonplace in Army data centers, are proving their mettle. "Those are some of the most attacked computers there are. But the attacks used against them are designed for Windows-based machines, so they shrug them off," he says.
Posted on January 7, 2008 at 6:21 AM
It's good to see the US armed forces moving away from the Windows servers that have embarrassed them so many times over the years.
Apple has it's own security problems, and hasn't shown itself to be very responsive to resolving security issues - but I suspect (and seriously hope) that is something that was addressed during negotiations.
As a market pressure, I think this sends an signal of sorts, although I'm sure there will be numerous interpretations of it, some with more spin than others.
At the very least, it's a sign that at least portions of the US army are taking security more seriously than they used to. It's been an ongoing source of embarrassment.
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