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CyberNews: Apple’s Lockdown Mode: a decent attempt, but no panacea

Published July 8, 2022, on, Chief Security Officer Brian Contos describes what Apple’s new Lockdown Mode does and doesn’t do.

While additional security measures are an important step in the right direction, it‘s vital that users understand what the Lockdown Mode does and doesn‘t do, says Brian Contos, chief security officer of Phosphorus Cybersecurity.

“Ultimately, this feature strips the device OS of a lot of functionality and features that attackers can exploit – so it’s basically about reducing the device’s attack surface. This is not adding advanced new features for detecting or preventing malware and zero-day attacks,” Contos explained to Cybernews.

For example, among other things, the new feature would prohibit the installation of configuration profiles, a common method hackers use to install malware on a victim’s device. However, reducing the threat surface will undoubtedly affect the overall usability of the device.

Read the full article on CyberNews here.


Brian Contos

Chief Security Officer
With two IPOs & seven acquisitions Brian has helped build some of the most successful security companies in the world for 25+ years. He is a seasoned executive, board advisor, security company entrepreneur, author, and award-winning podcaster.

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