Google has entered into partnership with some mobile security companies, which it calls ‘App Defense Alliance‘ to help in early detection of malicious apps targeting its mobile software, Android.
While the Internet giant is for the first time, seeking the help of third-party security companies in making Android more secure, by detecting potential threats in apps and also improve security for the ecosystem.
Google is enlisting the help of Zimperium, ESET and Lookout in forming the App Defense Alliance, with the aim of tackling one of Android's major problem, with malicious apps affecting users on the mobile platform every now and then.
The new initiative is to combat the menace and ensure that the mobile users are better protected, as the safety of its users is paramount in the effort to stop malicious apps from reaching those devices.
In a similar move, Microsoft has also integrated third-party mobile threat defense systems with its unified endpoint management (UEM), Intune platform, which will enable corporate customers to detect an unenrolled smartphone or tablet that's potentially infected by malware.
These moves will be generally helpful for enterprises with BYOD (bring-your-own device) policies, in that they can now be able to effectively block access to enterprise systems on devices flagged by the mobile threat defense software.
Albeit, the App Defense Alliance will adopt a proactive approach towards harmful apps, along with Google Play Protect service that scan installed apps on Android device, making double sure that potentially harmful apps are detected before been published on the Play Store.
Google, as part of the alliance, will integrate Play Protect Detection system with the partners’ scanning engines, which results to multi-monitoring systems to detect and prevent malicious apps from getting to the Play Store.
While Microsoft already offers threat defense system for enterprise PCs through the Microsoft Defender firewall, which makes it a natural evolution to offer it for Android and iOS devices. Google involving third-party security companies, on its part, shows it truly wants to make the Android ecosystem more secure.