Most mobile devices out there in "user land" run some version of Google's Android operating system. But that doesn't mean the OS is perfect for the enterprise.
When it first came out, the Android operating system was without very many enterprise features and the devices were geared towards consumers. In recent iterations of the OS, however, Google has added some better Android device management capabilities. Despite the move toward a happy friendship between the enterprise and Android, application malware and security concerns persist.
But allowing Androids in your company isn't necessarily out of the question. Take a look at the issues you could run into and check out the OS-native and third-party ways you can guard against those problems.
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Android device management tips
Android is the most popular mobile OS out there, but that doesn't make it any easier for IT to manage and secure. In fact, Google's open source approach and the diverse collection of devices that run on Android complicate IT's strategy toward the OS. However, Google has shifted its attention toward the enterprise in recent years, so organizations have plenty of options to control Android devices for safe and productive use in the workplace.
Mobile application management for Android lets you control app distribution, regulate app use, build an app store, blacklist apps and more. But you'll need device access controls to lock down devices running blacklisted apps or prevent devices from accessing the corporate network. Continue Reading
New versions of Android's OS have encryption and remote-wipe improvements, which is good. But users need to install third-party apps so they can use Android's management APIs and other common management features. Continue Reading
The antimalware tool Bouncer scans Google Play for malware like a doorman does for fake IDs. But sometimes the fakes look like the real thing and make it into the app store. Bouncer only adds a layer of security. It isn't the be-all of Android app security. Continue Reading
The knocks against Android are that there aren't centralized Android device management options and the apps are loaded with malware. But before you board up your windows to fend off the Android apocalypse, know that new versions of the OS improve these security issues. Continue Reading
When you see "remote control" you might think of cars or TVs, but that's not what you'll get with Android remote control apps. You'll get remote management, network analysis, port scanning, remote access and PDF viewing capabilities -- which are almost as cool as an RC car or flat-panel display. Continue Reading
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