Deprecating Kernel Extensions: How to Transition to Kextless Workflows

At the 2019 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple announced a plan to begin deprecating the usage of kernel extensions (KEXTs) as a part of an ongoing effort to modernize macOS, improve security, and create reliability with third-party software and security providers to ensure compatibility with operating systems upgrades.

KEXT deprecation began with the release of macOS Big Sur, which means now is the time to understand how this affects your environment and find compliant partners to help with the transition.

In this white paper we cover:

  • What kernel extensions are and why they are being deprecated
  • Why Jamf Protect was built to be “kextless”
  • The benefits of kextless for IT, Information Security and users
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