7.1 Wireless technology on OS X


Some organizations have comprehensive rules that cover the use of wireless technologies in order to implement operational security. There are specific policies governing the use of both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (802.11) that often include disabling the wireless capability in either software or hardware or both.

Wireless access is part of the feature set required for mobile computers and is considered essential for most users. The general use case for OS X is to use wireless connectivity, Apple provides a wireless network card and Bluetooth capability in almost every product they make. Bluetooth keyboards are now the default selection where a keyboard is not already integrated into the device.

There are instructions on how to remove parts of the operating system in order to remediate wireless connectivity but they are not recommended within the scope of this Benchmark.

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Mac OS X 10.11 computers will not allow this if System Integrity Protection is enabled.

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