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Cyber security pioneer predicts Apple’s closed philosophy will end its dominance

Updated Nov 30th, 2012 2:01PM EST
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In an interview with Reuters, cyber security expert and Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky said that Apple (AAPL) won’t be able to sustain its growth following its closed philosophy. The Cupertino-based company is known for its tight integration of hardware and software throughout its computer, music, smartphone and tablet line of devices. Despite this, Apple has seen great success and at one point cornered the music, mobile and tablet market. In recent times, however, the iPhone maker has lost market share from increased competition from both Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT).

“Now I think it is time for open systems like Android,” Kaspersky said. “I’m sure that Apple will lose their market share.”

The security guru notes that the idea that Macs are unable to get viruses is long behind us, as we have seen from this year’s massive Flashback trojan that affected more than half a million Apple computers. He claims that Macs are actually more vulnerable than PCs, however due to its smaller market share, hackers instead focus on Windows.

Kaspersky also acknowledged that an increasing number of cyber criminals are entering the mobile space and are attacking the most popular operating system, which is Android. He goes on to say that Android is on the path of following Windows, however just because it is an open operating system doesn’t mean it will be more vulnerable to hackers.

“The open systems, of course they are more vulnerable because it is easier to affect them,” Kaspersky explained. “But at the same time it is much easier to develop the true end point security for these systems.”

The video interview follows below.

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