As wonderful as the Apple Platform Security guide is as a
resource, writing about it is about as easy as writing a hot take
on the latest updates to the dictionary. Sure, the guide has
numerous updates and lots of new content, but the real story isn’t
in the details, but in the larger directions of Apple’s security
program, how that impacts Apple’s customers, and what it means to
the technology industry at large.
From that broader perspective, the writing is on the wall. The
future of cybersecurity is vertical integration. By vertical
integration, I mean the combination of hardware, software, and
cloud-based services to build a comprehensive ecosystem. Vertical
integration for increased security isn’t merely a trend at Apple,
it’s one we see in wide swaths of the industry, including such key
players as Amazon Web Services. When security really matters, it’s
hard to compete if you don’t have complete control of the stack:
hardware, software, and services.