Archive for April 1, 2012
Android was designed to be an open and versatile operating system for both developers and users. The challenge with such open source systems has always been to find a balance between providing security and giving users the freedom they expect. As a result, Android includes a variety of security measures so that the average user can use their device to its capacity without worrying about malware or stolen information. The existing security screens protect the device from common attacks and minimize their damage if the attacks are successful.
The protections that come with Android are not sufficient, however, for most corporations who have a greater investment in protecting their devices and information. Employers need a stronger guarantee that the devices they distribute to employees do not put the company at risk. As a result, it is necessary to invest in an Android security model that provides greater protection and stronger central control. A good Android security model gives IT departments a much wider range of tools that they can use to make sure devices and data are secure.
What are some of the components of an effective Android security model? The principle dangers to devices are that they are lost and stolen, winding up in the hands of someone who represents a threat to the corporation, and devices being infected by malware and spy ware. Security systems include being able to set and enforce passwords, block unauthorized users, monitor which applications the employee is using, and wipe devices clean of data if necessary.
It is therefore essential for the Android security model to give the IT department remote access to devices so that in case of a security threat, the technicians can take immediate steps to shut down the device and remove any data. Applications are often carriers of malware that can harm the device and spyware that can turn the device into an instrument for stealing data and transmitting information to another source. An Android security model minimizes these risks because the employer can see what apps the employee is using, ban certain apps, and disable apps that prove to be harmful.
The right Android security model also protects the device itself, because it can track the location of devices in order to recover them. In addition, it can access devices remotely in order to troubleshoot problems and restore necessary settings. These Android security model measures are important because they help corporations be more efficient; one misplaced or poorly functioning device does not cause undue waste of time or resources.