During a recent speech at Carnegie Mellon University, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly praised Apple for its accountability and transparency when it comes to security practices.
In particular, Easterly highlighted Apple’s disclosure that 95% of iCloud users enable multifactor authentication (MFA), a security measure that requires users to input a code sent to a different device or account during sign-in to guard against hackers.
Easterly praised Apple for making MFA the default setting for its iCloud users, which she believes is responsible for the high adoption rate. According to Easterly, “Apple is taking ownership for the security outcomes of their users”. This is a significant departure from the low MFA adoption rates at other tech giants such as Microsoft and Twitter.
Although Easterly acknowledged that Microsoft and Twitter have been transparent about their low MFA adoption rates, she applauded Apple for being a positive example of accountability and transparency in the tech industry.
Apple has long been recognized for its strong security practices. The company regularly updates its software to patch vulnerabilities and has implemented various security features, such as Touch ID and Face ID, to protect users’ data. With MFA now enabled by default, Apple is making it even harder for hackers to gain access to users’ accounts.
While it’s encouraging to see Apple taking proactive steps to protect its users’ security, Easterly’s comments also highlight the need for other tech companies to follow suit. As cyber threats continue to evolve, it’s more important than ever for companies to prioritize security and make it a default part of their products and services.
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