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Google planning major Android security update in preparation for enterprise push

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Google planning major Android security update in preparation for enterprise push
Everyone wants to be the company that takes over the enterprise space in the wake of BackBerry's fall from grace, and that includes Google. This is not to say that Google wants to be the manufacturer of enterprise devices, but it does want Android to be the platform of choice. This means all Android makers getting a chance, not just Samsung with its Knox software.

A new report is saying that in order to give Android a better chance, Google is beginning an initiative to make Android the platform of choice for enterprise users. A big part of this is in improving and altering the security structure of the system in order to make the platform more attractive to business users. The question remains, though, how exactly Google plans to do this. There has been a longstanding idea that Android is not as secure because it is "open". This is both true and false. The system itself is quite secure, because the openness allows anyone to check the code and submit fixes. However, it is also more unsecure, because the openness allows for user stupidity to allow malware in.

It is possible that the best way for Google to improve security for the sake of enterprise customers would be to add more limits to features like sideloading, which is the main entry point for security flaws based on user stupidity/carelessness. Time will have to tell though. 

source: The Information via BGR

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posted on 26 Mar 2014, 17:29

1. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2285; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

The end of rooting?? 0.o

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 22:34 1

10. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Well, it may be for enterprise users...no big deal - probably a good thing for businesses who want to use Android and not want to deal with the extras...probably be a closed version of the consumer OS version...

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 22:38

11. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

bb is sinking are corporates are replacing bb for android

looks like there will be a seperate section for the business side?

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 05:08

16. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

They're not sinking, they have sinked

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 17:31 9

2. camera531 (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

I've had android since the droid eris and have yet to have one security issue. Although I'm not haphazard and foolish with my phones...

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 23:29

13. timukh (Posts: 295; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

There are more than a billion android users. Even if 1% does, that is still a huge number. That is why google needs to improve it.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 17:37 2

3. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

Stephen Elop stated Android is slowly becoming closed, more and more examples of this happening are showing up. You can't eat your cake and have it still, Google has to decide.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 18:02 1

5. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

I'm fine with that.
Not like we'd lose modding options, file managers and control over our media or anything like lighter root users do.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 18:41 5

6. HansGoneInsane (unregistered)

Google will never close it like Apple does with iOS. But somewhat more security would be infavor of almost all Android users.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 23:33

14. timukh (Posts: 295; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

What I think google will do is they will build a separate OS for consumers and another one for people who like to experiment. Not saying this will happen immediately but maybe 3-4 years from now. There is a large amount of consumers, maybe like 80% who never root their phones or sideload an app. Providing security for them is a prime concern.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 18:01 1

4. sip1995 (Posts: 1679; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

Hahaha.....i didn't know that the android has "security".

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 18:41 8

7. blazee (Posts: 414; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

Hahaha.... well now you know

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 05:08 1

17. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


posted on 26 Mar 2014, 19:20 1

8. davenycept (Posts: 200; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)

I had the G1 and has never had a security issue... then again I'm cautious about my websites and non Google play apps

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 19:29

9. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Open source software such as Linux and Android has the good point of being free of restrictions that Microsoft, Apple and others put on their software platforms. This is great for making Custom software and developers do not have to pay anybody Royalties but open source Operating systems give a Hacker more info on how to build malware to hurt those Who do use open source OS software. I trust Apple and Microsoft Windows software exclusively for my main Desktop/Laptop computer devices. Microsoft has recently created a whole group of professionals to look for Malware and hackers attacks on it's Windows OS's to keep the Users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 safe. The Enterprise Client really needs safe guards on their data to stay in Business. Google will have to prove they can do that with Android.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 23:15

12. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 182; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)

What I don't understand is that android g
Has all this "malware" however its based off Linux.....no Linux distro I know of excluding android has had any known reported cases of true malware I.e. ubuntu, fedora, opensuse, etc....

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 03:09

15. Cyberchum (Posts: 729; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Android is getting locked up because that is one way it's going to be ideal for the enterprise community. Once that semi open source turns to close source and the huge developer base gets depleted, the user base will definitely take a hit.

Just my opinion, stick to yours instead of attackin me.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 05:59

18. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

Just developed a separate OS or anti virus or security app for enterprise that's it.

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