Google's rolled out a set of four new enterprise security features that will make it even easier to secure Android devices on a corporate network, and secure the network itself. The update to the Google Apps Mobile Management tools will enable administrators to remotely and automatically wipe inactive accounts, support certificate secured networks, lock out compromised devices, and gather more information about the devices that are on the network.
These tools are primarily meant to address the "bring your own device" trend, where workers use their own personal devices on the work network for work activities. But that also means allowing for unknown quantities on the network and doing the best possible to secure against inadvertent (and intentional) threats.
To that end, Google's new enterprise management tools will allow for administrators to set an inactive account policy that wipes an account from a device after a set period without a log-in — but it doesn't wipe the device itself. Android devices will also be able to receive certificates for connecting to EAP-based Wi-Fi networks.
The tools will also monitor devices for signs of having been compromised, including being rooted or having custom ROMs installed. If a compromised device is detected, it can be automatically blocked from accessing the network. Lastly, additional data collection has been added to the suite, including the ability to pull serial numbers, IMEI, MEID, MAC address, kernel and build numbers, carrier info, and more.
These updates are available now in the Google Admin console. It's not terribly sexy stuff (unless you're in IT and into such things), but enhanced security tools like this could very well be the key to enabling broader BYOD adoption across the corporate space.
Would you be more willing to bring your personal device onto your work network with these sort of tools available to the network admins?
Source: Google Enterprise Blog