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Automated Secure Configuration Guidance from the macOS Security Compliance Project (mSCP)



Mark Trapnell, Eric Trapnell, Murugiah Souppaya, Bob Gendler, Dan Brodjieski, Allen Golbig, Karen Scarfone, Blair Heiserman


The macOS Security Compliance Project (mSCP) provides resources that system administrators, security professionals, security policy authors, information security officers, and auditors can leverage to secure and assess macOS desktop and laptop system security in an automated way. This publication introduces the mSCP and gives an overview of the resources available from the project's GitHub site, which is continuously curated and updated to support each new release of macOS. The GitHub site provides practical, actionable recommendations in the form of secure baselines and associated rules. This publication also describes use cases for leveraging the mSCP content. Updates from the previous version of this publication mainly involve the new mSCP capability to create a custom benchmark by tailoring a baseline.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-219r1
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Apple, baseline, configuration management, endpoint device security, macOS, macOS Security Compliance Project (mSCP), operating system security, security compliance


Trapnell, M. , Trapnell, E. , Souppaya, M. , Gendler, B. , Brodjieski, D. , Golbig, A. , Scarfone, K. and Heiserman, B. (2023), Automated Secure Configuration Guidance from the macOS Security Compliance Project (mSCP), Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed May 20, 2024)


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Created July 20, 2023, Updated September 13, 2023