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What is Managed Device Attestation on Apple platforms?


Announced at WWDC 2022, Managed Device Attestation protection shows that Apple is adjusting device security protections to adapt to an increasingly distributed age.

Secure the endpoints, not the end times

This adjustment reflects a reality shift. Work doesn’t happen on specific servers or behind defined firewalls today. VPN access can differ across teams. And yet, in a workplace defined by multiple remote devices (endpoints), the security threat is greater than ever.

Managed Device Attestation works to create a second boundary of trust around which device management solutions can work to protect against attack.

This is one of a wide and growing range of security enhancements coming to Apple’s platforms, including declarative device management, Rapid Security Response, and Private Access Tokens. All these solutions represent Apple’s work to deliver rock-solid security in such a way as to also improve the user experience.

What is this for?

It’s all about philosophy. Apple understands that security must evolve beyond traditional perimeter protections such as VPNs or firewalls. Protection must be put in place across the edge of the network and needs to become increasingly autonomous. After all, protection can’t be wholly reliant on the data flow between device and server, as even that communication can be undermined.

Managed Device Attestation forms a proof point to help secure the device and confirm its identity. Think of it this way – you as a user may have proved who you are, and you may be in a location that your management systems see as viable – but how do you prove you are using a registered device?

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