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Today, Appthority is proud to announce a new partnership with Google that allows IT and Security admins to solve one of their biggest mobile headaches: ensuring security and compliance for the Android apps that employees use for work.

Google has made a lot of investments in the Android platform to make it more enterprise friendly, enhancing corporate security while simultaneously protecting employee privacy. For example, Google’s Android Enterprise, creates two profiles to keep the employees’ personal data separate from their work data. Employees can install any app they want on their Personal Profile, but the Work Profile is managed by an EMM like VMware AirWatch and restricts work email, work contacts, work calendar, and work apps to the Work Profile.

The Work Profile shows only whitelisted apps, instead of the millions of apps that are regularly hosted on Google Play. This app whitelisting, however, creates a new headache for IT and Security admins who have to manually evaluate apps to be whitelisted, reducing speed and creating expense in the otherwise fast paced enterprise mobility ecosystem. Their main concern, and for good reason, is to accidentally whitelist an app that has a vulnerability or could violate corporate compliance policies, as by definition, whitelisted apps would be available to every single employee.

The Appthority MTP integration with Android Enterprise is the first of its kind to deliver deep mobile risk analysis and threat intelligence to enterprises.

Fortunately, that’s where the Appthority Mobile Threat Protection (MTP) integration comes in. Appthority is recognized as the global leader in enterprise mobile threat defense, and our  solution can now automatically be used to ensure compliance with security, privacy and regulatory policies for apps deployed through managed Google Play on Android. Our integration with Android Enterprise is the first of its kind to deliver deep mobile risk analysis and threat intelligence to enterprises.

Appthority MTP brings the benefits of automation and proactive risk management to security teams setting and enforcing policies for their Android fleets. With the integration, businesses can automate the app vetting process directly in the tools used to configure managed Google Play, eliminating long bottlenecks and costly manual app security testing and approval.

The integration gives companies granular abilities to write policies and specifically define the types of app threats they want to scan for before apps are approved for employee use. Companies write their policies once and, from that point forward, Appthority automatically monitors every app in their managed Google Play deployment and ensures that the apps available to employees comply with company requirements.

Appthority MTP brings the benefits of automation and proactive risk management to security teams sett

ing and enforcing policies for their Android fleets.

So now, enterprises can easily set policies and enable Appthority MTP to automatically scan apps in managed Google Play to ensure those apps meet their compliance criteria, managing their Managed Play settings directly from the Appthority portal. The integrated solution includes features to test for a range of app risks including malware, data leakage threats or vulnerabilities and privacy risks that might endanger compliance with the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or other regulations.

Businesses can now make smarter decisions about which apps to offer employees and can safely and efficiently whitelist apps from managed Google Play for employee use on Android, including in BYOD deployments that use Android work profiles. Using Google’s powerful recommendation engine, Appthority MTP can even suggest other apps for employee use that meet the company’s security criteria.

Enterprises can also test their internally developed apps for vulnerabilities and threats. This is critical because many companies use third-party libraries and SDKs in their own apps which can inadvertently introduce vulnerabilities that put corporate data and employee privacy at risk and may cause them to run afoul of compliance regulations.

Using Google’s powerful recommendation engine, Appthority MTP can even suggest other apps for employee use that meet the company’s security criteria.

In both BYOD and COPE environments, mobile app use has skyrocketed within enterprise environments. The integration of Appthority MTP with Android Enterprise enhances security and streamlines compliance for enterprises.

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