This past week, Google launched the Android Enterprise Vulnerability Rewards Program, the latest boosting of Android Enterprise security, accompanied by several new capabilities and tools within Android 12.
Android 12, currently available on Pixel phones and launching on multiple devices later in the year, boasts more default enterprise security features over its operating system, enabling employees to have access to more privacy controls over which work apps have access to their data, and IT admins gain more control to applying management configurations for enterprise devices.
With this in place, IT admins can allow employees using Android 12 to approve or deny sensor-related permissions like camera and location on work profile apps, as well as give those employees this control on fully managed devices.
Among the other security features Android 12 is pushing out is the ability for admins to set up Wi-Fi networks for employees using network API that does not require location permissions. Google has also added controls that help IT teams lower their risk and ensure that all business data is monitored more closely. With this in effect, IT can now decide which input method editors can use on personal devices, reducing the risk of a rogue keyboard that could capture device data.
The Latest version of OS beings new complexity to passwords to protect corporate data, including network logging for work profiles that give added control and reporting for work data. All of these updates ensure that Android meets all deployment standards.
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Extremely confident in their new movement, Google is actively encouraging anyone with an Android Enterprise device who believes it can be hacked to do so and share their method, in return for a huge reward of $250,000 in cash through their Android Enterprise Vulnerability Rewards Program.
The main focus of the security boosting has been allowing anyone using Android for their work to separate work and personal apps in one interface and pause all work-related apps with a simple click. The availability for Google Workspace users first will fall into 2022, along with plans to expand to more identity providers shortly afterwards.
Within the enterprise side, there is still a lot of space for more capabilities and innovation to be had, which is the focus of Google at this time. New partnerships with other ecosystem players in the fields of identity and authentication will find themselves welcomed by enterprises. With the Android API management prooving an interesting approach that puts enterprises into the control seat, many are predicting that this right approach will be a major implementation point over the next year.
More than 60 EMMs including Microsoft, Citrix and Google Workspace have launched solutions based around Android Management API, with other EMMs like Ivanti, SOTI, IBM, Samsung and SoftBank following suit and launching shortly.