Arxan ( is expanding GuardIT application hardening solution to protect Mac OS X applications against tampering, piracy, malware insertions and unauthorized use.
“The Mac platform has long been viewed as a safer and more secure than Windows,” says Paul Roberts, senior analyst at The 451 Group. “The truth is that Mac’s small share of the total OS market explained the rarity of Mac-focused threats. That’s changing. The growing popularity and widespread use of Mac in the digital media market makes the platform an attractive target for hackers. Mac developers no longer view themselves as immune to application attacks and are adopting appropriate security measures to protect their code and valuable IP from malicious attacks.”
He adds that key features and benefits of Arxan GuardIT for Mac OS X include:

°  Diverse and customizable Guard types for code security,  including obfuscation, encryption , anti-debug, repair, and checksum;

° Instruction level granularity to fine-tune code protection ranges;

° Binary level security that prohibits changes to the source code and the software development lifecycle (SDLC);

° Tailored security designs to maintain performance levels, and build in resilience;

° Compatibility with third party license management, and support for  Mac OS X versions 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6.

Arxan will feature its GuardIT for Mac OS X solution at RSA Conference 2010 in San Francisco, March 1-5. Pricing hasn’t yet been announced.