The risk of unmanaged mobile apps in the enterprise is growing, BYOD, BYOA, consumerization, all have the potential to introduce mobile applications to corporate networks and data. Once an app is installed and configured by the user to access corporate resources, apps do what apps do, they automate many little tasks that make our lives easier, but they can also create embarrassing social faux pas or broadcast confidential information to the world. The news media loves it when incidents like this happen and the affect is multiplied exponentially thanks to todays interconnected social media universe. Here are a couple of examples.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water sent an accidental tweet to 52,000-plus followers. An EPA employee playing a game on their device inadvertently triggered an auto-generated tweet from the EPA's official Twitter account. Thousands of humorous retweets and replies went out before the agency removed it from its feed a few hours later.
- An Android app, Brightest Flashlight, which was downloaded by millions of users, settled a lawsuit with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission who charged that the app secretly shared user's location information. The information was then shared with advertising networks and other third parties.
AdminStudio Mobile Pack includes new mobile application management capabilities that help customers recognize what mobile apps do and to understand these behaviors that could compromise enterprise data and reputations. Use these new capabilities to develop and enforce mobile application policies across your enterprise.
- Import internal mobile apps, and public links from the Apple® App Store® and Google® Play® to prepare and manage mobile apps consistently.
- Understand the behavior, configuration and property settings of mobile applications and identify which apps require additional security assessment.
- Look inside iOS and Android app property files and APIs to establish packaging and mobile deployment policies that effectively minimize risk.