Kaspersky doubles up slam at Apple, Mac OS X

CEO said Apple is 10 yrs behind Microsoft; CTO calls Mac OS X 'really vulnerable'

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No malware has been discovered in the wild that has been written specifically to target iOS, which runs iPads and iPhones. If malware producers are true to their usual response times, however, the first bits of bespoke iOS malware will begin threatening Apple phones and tablets as well as Mac OS X machines, Grebennikov said.

Two top execs, two public slams of Apple. Why?

Aside from the oddity of having the CEO and CTO of a major security company publicly and harshly criticize a systems vendor by name in different venues at different times, Kaspersky's tandem slam contributed one additional bit of confusion: When he was originally quoted in IT publications, Grebennikov seemed to have said Kaspersky was analyzing MacOS vulnerabilities at Apple's request and under contract to Apple.

Kaspersky has since retracted that, saying Grebennikov's statement was misconstrued to mean Apple hired Kaspersky to help improve its security.

In fact, according to the clarification, Kaspersky was working on its analysis independently in response to increasing demand for third-party security products for the Mac.

In addition to paying far more attention to the Mac OS, Kaspersky is ramping up its efforts to sell its security services by subscription from the cloud as an addition or alternative to having customers install and maintain on-premise antivirus products.

Kaspersky is late to that market – two to three years behind competitors such as Trend Micro, according to reseller-channel blog MSPMentor.

Kaspersky had planned to launch a SaaS version of its security service in 2010, so it's late to the party even compared to itself.

It plans to sell the service aggressively both to the MSPs who provide it and resellers who can offer it to end users according to an interview reseller-channel-chief Nancy Reynolds gave to TheVarGuy, another reseller pub owned by the same company as MSPMentor.

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