There is a pervasive belief, even among security professionals, that Apple Mac devices are immune to security breaches. And while there is some truth behind that belief, it’s time that we take this particular attack vector more seriously.
In my opinion, part of the reason why folks have been rather complacent about Mac security is that they are built on a hardened Unix backbone that includes a number of built-in security tools, such as elevated privilege requirements, designed to protect against attacks. As a result, Mac users don’t operate at the "root" or admin level like most Windows users do. Anything that affects system stability or, for example, tries to deploy new services, often requires additional authentication. Which is why malware has a much more difficult time being deployed on a Mac system.