Rapid Security Response enables IT to quickly respond to threats


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There’s always been a balance between patching macOS and iOS devices quickly when Apple releases software updates with trying to avoid interrupting a user when they’re working. With iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, Apple is enabling a new technology that will enable IT administrators to quickly patch machines outside of the normal software update schedule. This week for Apple @ Work, I want to look at Apple’s Rapid Security Response enhancements in iOS 16 and macOS Ventura.

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Although it’s not an enterprise-only feature, Rapid Security Response could be one of the most important enterprise upgrades in this year’s roundup of software enhancements. With Rapid Security Response, important software updates that don’t modify the firmware can be installed without requiring a reboot or end-user interaction. If you’re running the beta versions of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, or macOS Ventura, you can view the setting under the Automatic Updates tab. You’ll notice the option for Install System and Data Files.

How will Rapid Security Response work for supervised devices?

I firmly believe that Rapid Security Response will be a critical way that Apple can…

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