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Wednesday | March 16, 2016

CIO REVIEW  |  Appthority, the leader in enterprise mobile app risk management, today announced the general availability of its Android app, responding to increased market demand for on-device enterprise mobile security solutions that empower employees to understand mobile app risks and help protect themselves and the enterprise. The new Android app complements the already available iOS app, providing Appthority customers with comprehensive on-device monitoring and protection.

Appthority’s mobile apps extend the defense perimeter for risky app behavior out to the end user, reducing the number of malicious apps that enter the enterprise ecosystem and, thus, the data leakage and privacy invasions associated with risky apps. Together with the Appthority portal, administrators can manage and automate the creation of white- and blacklisted apps, instantly alert employees about risky apps and remediate against any suspicious apps that are detected.

Adding the Android app to its suite of protection capabilities now is especially important for two reasons. First, Appthority’s own research has shown, Android users are especially vulnerable to attack with nearly 90 percent of all Android apps on enterprise devices exhibiting data leakage behaviors.  

Second, enterprises are looking for lightweight, yet comprehensive mobile security solutions that employees will embrace. The Appthority apps are easy to use and clearly show compliant and non-compliant apps already on the employee’s device and allow users to easily search and check apps for risky non-compliant behaviors prior to download. This approach allows new safe apps to be used, educates employees about dangerous app behaviors and protects enterprises and employees alike from data leakage and privacy invasion. Unlike traditional anti-malware tools, the Appthority app allows users to be proactive, arming them with the ability to know an app’s risk before it is ever installed on their device.

“More than 70 percent of our customers and prospects have expressed the need for a solution that empowers and educates employees,” said Domingo Guerra, president and co-founder of Appthority. “Our on-device app risk management solution meets that need, giving enterprises a comprehensive mobile security tool that offers the power of self-management and self-remediation and also goes beyond malware protection.”

“This is why a Fortune 50 customer recently replaced its existing malware-only mobile security solution with Appthority’s – to fully empower its employees against not just malware, but also apps that risk leaking sensitive data,” said Guerra. “Although iOS still leads in enterprise device market share, an increasing number of our customers are seeing demand for Android, particularly in BYOD environments. These customers see Appthority’s solution as a key enabler of secure Android adoption.”

The new Appthority Android app includes features like the malicious app detection directly on employee devices. Within its Android and iOS apps, Appthority enables on-device malware and additional threat detection that constantly assesses employee installed apps against the latest mobile risks and presents real time alerts and solutions. It also provides proactive security unlike traditional security solutions that wait until an app is installed before evaluating it for risk. Appthority evaluates an app’s security risk posture before installation. Moreover, it allows for employee self-remediation to educate employees about mobile threats like risky apps as well as automation of compliance monitoring and whitelist and blacklist browsing pre-approved based on corporate policies.

Recently, Appthority announced the release of its new Q1 2016 Enterprise Mobile Threat Report, testing hundreds of thousands of apps that were added into its global database in the second half of 2015. The analysis determines how high risk data leakage and privacy invasive app behaviors impact enterprise environments. 

In addition to quarterly reports assessing the overall state of mobile app risks to the enterprise, Appthority’s Enterprise Mobile Threat Team offers on-going mobile threat analysis and reporting via its blog.

Read the original article in CIO Review here.