Apple encountered some major security issues immediately following the release of its latest operating system. Could these vulnerabilities and security updates affect you or your business? Find out more about Apple’s emergency update below.

Why Did Apple Distribute This Update?

As malware varieties adapt to new security measures, no device or software seems bulletproof. Apple recently rolled out its improved operating system updates but subsequently discovered specialized zero-day vulnerabilities.

WebKit Browser Engine

Apple developers learned about two security issues within the WebKit Browser Engine. An Apple user’s web browser (or search engine of choice) will typically rely on this browser engine for a user-friendly experience. However, the bugs actively exploited some inconsistent code, which enabled unwanted navigation towards malicious pages.

Security Framework

The security framework is a type of architecture that protects an operating system and its host device. Apple discovered that malware could sidestep validation requirements. Unfortunately, this validation avoidance would allow the malware to enter older iOS versions and could compromise your business data security, among other issues.

Kernel Framework

The kernel framework oversees and fosters communications between operating systems, software, and hardware. Hackers could use malware to heighten their privileges after accessing the framework. Apple’s emergency update addresses this issue in iOS versions before 16.7.

Who Does Apple’s Emergency Update Affect?

Do you or your employees own an iPhone or iPad? These vulnerabilities may affect your devices, especially those listed below:

  • Apple Watch 4 series and previous versions
  • Mac computers using macOS Monterey or later
  • iPhone 8 and later versions
  • The fifth-generation iPad mini and later

Businesses and individuals alike that own the above devices or operating systems must heed Apple’s warning. Install the emergency security update as soon as possible.

Could These Threats Impact Business Owners?

Yes, if you use these affected devices to operate your business or handle work-related tasks, you’re vulnerable. Generally, cybercriminals do not target the average user who uses their device for basic tasks. However, they often campaign against businesses, money-making entities, or those with sensitive information to exploit.

To be sure, you’ll want to proactively protect your business data as follows:

  • Store important documents, information, and financial details in a secure cloud
  • Use multi-factor authentication to prevent unwanted parties from accessing sensitive information
  • Implement different authorization levels in line with your employees’ access needs

Although no protection method is foolproof, it’s still possible for business owners to make security breaches that much more difficult for hackers to enact.

Update Your iOS Now

Have you checked Apple’s emergency update yet? Even if your particular device wasn’t listed, why not install the latest applicable software updates to safeguard your business? Most updates contain security patches that address unidentified issues.