Recent reports have detailed Google’s actions to phase out the internal use
of Microsoft’s operating system for security reasons following targeted attacks
that the company has experienced. The targeted espionage attacks took place in
January of this year and were carried out with the aim of gaining access to the
Gmail accounts of Chinese human right activists.
Now as Google employees consider the option to select either Apple Macs
running OS X or PCs running the open source Linux operating system, the question
is whether other corporations will follow this practice.
If enterprise roll out of open source and Apple’s OS X operating system
markedly increases, then will the relatively small amount of malware targeting
these platforms increase by a proportionate amount?