A security expert that build his career on identifying vulnerabilities in Microsoft software now says that the company has come a long way. Marc Maiffret, a former hacker turned legitimate security researcher, and now chief security architect at FireEye, told InSecurity Complex that Apple’s software was inferior to Microsoft’s in terms of security and the capacity of protecting end users, despite claims to the contrary by the Cupertino-based hardware company. In fact, Maiffret put Apple on the spot for marketing its software as more secure than Microsoft products, noting that it was just marketing and nothing more.

“Now when you look at Microsoft today they do more to secure their software than anyone. They're the model for how to do it. They're not perfect; there's room for improvement. But they are definitely doing more than anybody else in the industry, I would say,” he underlined. “[…] From an internal process in how they go about auditing their code and securing software from a technical perspective, they do have one of the best models. The area they still have room for improvement is around time lines of how long it takes for them to fix things.”

Apple Software Security Inferior to Microsoft?s, Says Iconic Hacker - Marc Maiffret - Softpedia