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Is Apple starting a new era of collaborative security?

Is Apple starting a new era of collaborative security?

Apple's open kernel means more security
October 13, 2016 | Scott Carter

iOS 10 is here, and Apple has taken the landmark step with this release. The ‘kernel' – the central core of the OS itself – has been left unencrypted making it readable for anyone that knows where to look. In a recent article in Australia’s PC & Tech Authority, Venafi Chief Strategy Officer Kevin Bocek looks under the hood of iOS 10 to understand why Apple is finally exposing its kernel.

Bocek writes, “The fact the kernel is unencrypted isn't in itself unique – in fact, Apple is a bit late to the game; Microsoft and Linux kernels were always unencrypted. Apple has always thought differently about protecting its core. So it leaves us wondering: why has Apple reversed its policy now? Why does it matter to any of us anyway?

The real story is a fight over privacy and who will control our mobile devices. Apple is in fact waving its middle finger in the face of government to protect privacy and security. This is something that all of us must pay close attention to. You may be surprised what powers our governments have and where they're going to take us.”

Read the rest of the story to learn how Apple’s leaving the kernel unencrypted may actually make it more secure, and make us safer.

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Scott Carter
Scott Carter

Scott Carter writes for Venafi's blog and is an expert in machine identity protection.

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