macOS endpoint protection settings in Intune

This article shows you the endpoint protection settings that you can configure for devices that run macOS. You configure these settings by using a macOS device configuration profile for endpoint protection in Intune.

Before you begin

Create a macOS endpoint protection profile.

Firewall

Use the firewall to control connections per-application, rather than per-port. Using per-application settings makes it easier to get the benefits of firewall protection. It also helps prevent undesirable apps from taking control of network ports that are open for legitimate apps.

  • Enable Firewall

    Turn use of Firewall on macOS and then configure how incoming connections are handled in your environment.

    • Not configured (default)
    • Yes
  • Block all incoming connections

    Block all incoming connections except the connections required for basic Internet services, such as DHCP, Bonjour, and IPSec. This feature also blocks all sharing services, such as File Sharing and Screen Sharing. If you're using sharing services, then keep this setting as Not configured.

    • Not configured (default)
    • Yes

    When you set Block all incoming connections to Not configured, you can then configure which apps can or can't receive incoming connections.

    Apps allowed: Configure a list of apps that are allowed to receive incoming connections.

    Apps blocked: Configure a list of apps that have incoming connections blocked.

  • Enable stealth mode

    To prevent the computer from responding to probing requests, enable stealth mode. The device continues to answer incoming requests for authorized apps. Unexpected requests, such as ICMP (ping), are ignored.

    • Not configured (default)
    • Yes

Gatekeeper

  • Allow apps downloaded from these locations

    Limit the apps a device can launch, depending on where the apps were downloaded from. The intent is to protect devices from malware, and allow apps from only the sources you trust.

    • Not configured (default)
    • Mac App Store
    • Mac App Store and identified developers
    • Anywhere
  • Do not allow user to override Gatekeeper

    Prevents users from overriding the Gatekeeper setting, and prevents users from Control clicking to install an app. When enabled, users can Control-click any app, and install it.

    • Not configured (default) - Users can Control-click to install apps.
    • Yes - Prevents users from using Control-click to install apps.

FileVault

For more information about Apple FileVault settings, see FDEFileVault in the Apple developer content.

Important

As of macOS 10.15, FileVault configuration requires user approved MDM enrollment.

  • Enable FileVault

    You can enable Full Disk Encryption using XTS-AES 128 with FileVault on devices that run macOS 10.13 and later.

    • Not configured (default)
    • Yes

    When Enable FileVault is set to Yes, you can configure the following settings:

    • Recovery key type

      Personal key recovery keys are created for devices. Configure the following settings for the personal key.

    • Escrow location description of personal recovery key

      Specify a short message to the user that explains how and where they can retrieve their personal recovery key. This text is inserted into the message the user sees on their sign in screen when prompted to enter their personal recovery key if a password is forgotten.

    • Personal recovery key rotation

      Specify how frequently the personal recovery key for a device will rotate. You can select the default of Not configured, or a value of 1 to 12 months.

    • Hide recovery key

      Choose to hide the personal key from a device user during FileVault 2 encryption.

      • Not configured (default) – The personal key is visible to the device user during encryption.
      • Yes - The personal key is hidden from the device user during encryption.

      After encryption, device users can view their personal recovery key for an encrypted macOS device from the following locations:

      • iOS/iPadOS company portal app
      • Intune app
      • company portal website
      • Android company portal app

      To view the key, from the app or website, go to device details of the encrypted macOS device and select get recovery key.

    • Disable prompt at sign out

      Prevent the prompt to the user that requests they enable FileVault when they sign out. When set to Disable, the prompt at sign-out is disabled and instead, the user is prompted when they sign in.

      • Not configured (default)
      • Yes - Disable the prompt at sign-out.
    • Number of times allowed to bypass

      Set the number of times a user can ignore prompts to enable FileVault before FileVault is required for the user to sign in.

      • Not configured - Encryption on the device is required before the next sign-in is allowed.
      • 0 - Require devices to encrypt the next time a user signs in to the device.
      • 1 to 10 - Allow a user to ignore the prompt from 1 to 10 times before requiring encryption on the device.
      • No limit, always prompt - The user is prompted to enable FileVault but encryption is never required.

      The default for this setting depends on the configuration of Disable prompt at sign out. When Disable prompt at sign out is set to Not configured, this setting defaults to Not configured. When Disable prompt at sign out is set to Yes, this setting defaults to 1 and a value of Not configured isn't an option.

Next steps

Assign the profile and monitor its status.

You can also configure endpoint protection on Windows 10 and newer devices.