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Why some companies want to pause the Google Play ?

5 Nov , 2012

Some sad news for Android lovers. Android one of the world’s most used smartphone OS is favorably known for its development options and plethora of apps provided in its Play store.But this Play Store is cause of concern for many organization’s.

Nowadays employee-owned mobile devices are entering the workplace in big numbers, via the BYOD (bring your own device) scheme, but what about the apps that reside on those devices.What about the Rooted Android devices running malicious apps. Could they potentially compromise the privacy—and security—of your company and employees?

As BYOD becomes a standard in organizations, many organizations have no idea what apps employees are installing on their mobile devices. Does the unmonitored access these devices have to the entire Google Play app inventory threaten your business? Does BYOD really mean “Bring Your Own Danger”?

Bit9 a security analysis company  analyzed more than 400,000 apps within the Google Play marketplace, focusing on the permissions requested by these applications and the threat each vulnerability poses. Alongside our Android app analysis, Bit9 also conducting a targeted survey of IT security decision makers responsible for the mobile policy of more than 400,000 employees.

A Bit9 report, “Pausing Google Play: More Than 100,000 Android Apps May Pose Security Risks” shows that:

    • ->72 percent of all Android apps (more than 290,000) access at least one high-risk permission.
    • ->71 percent of respondents say that their organization allows employee owned devices to connect to their company’s network.
    • ->84 percent of respondents feel iOS is significantly more secure than Android.
    • ->96 percent of respondents that allow employee-owned device access, allow employees to access company email using their personal device.
    • ->26 percent of apps access private information such as email and contacts, with only 2 percent of apps being from highly trusted publishers.
  • Here is  a video on Play Store Apps by Bit9

Via Bit9

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