Google announced Android for Work today, unveiling its new tools and strategy for using Android devices in the workplace.
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- Big Data, Analytics and Virtualization
- Contact Center and Customer Engagement
- Cloud and Data Center
- Cost Models and Total Cost of Ownership
- Enterprise Trusted Advisor
- IT Innovation, Transformation, and Enterprise Technology
- Mobile and Network Services
- Security, Risk Management, and Compliance Research Initiatives
- Unified Communications and Collaboration
YES! Typically, when we think of enterprise mobility, it’s a very different beast. The majority of announcements in the greater collective of the mobile world are aimed at the consumer side.
Email, the scourge of today’s workforce that keeps millions upon millions from actually getting anything done seems to exist as a necessary evil in the corporate collaboration environment.
Android’s App Verification Tool Illustrates Need For Additional Enterprise Security Tools
Google’s app verification and malware detection tool, built into their Android 4.2 mobile operating system, shows the ongoing need to improve the security of the mobile environment. Unfortunately, researchers at North Carolina State University demonstrated that the tool caught only about 15% of the malware they tested it against, reporting that its detection weaknesses stem from it being a cloud tool that collects a limited set of data points to test. Competing client-side third-party solutions from vendors such as Avast, Symantec and Kaspersky Lab demonstrated detection rates ranging from 51 to 100%.
Over 70% of companies support Android today, with the mobile operating system making up 24% of mobile devices in the average enterprise. iOS has outpaced Android in the enterprise with 96.3% adoption, in part due to due to Apple’s strict vetting of apps.
BTA Bottom Line: Android will continue to grow within the enterprise; companies that support Android should evaluate anti-virus/malware solutions from third-party vendors such as those listed above, until Android’s native solution reaches detection parity.