For some businesses, generic Android devices have been a no-go due to concerns around the nature of a customizable open-source platform.

We’re pleased to announce that the choice of generic Android has now become a more appealing prospect.
We’re taking another giant step forward here at Wandera with the launch of our customized on-device Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) solution designed to support generic Android devices.
Wandera is now the only mobile-first security solution that is compatible with all management options embraced by global enterprise customers.

Why generic Android?

As we continually hear from our customers, the corporate mobile landscape is changing. The idea that every employee within a business carries the same type of device is no longer realistic.
BYOD (bring-your-own-device) policies are now commonplace with organizations not willing to spend the thousands (even hundreds of thousands) of dollars to equip their entire workforce with iPhones. We’re also seeing Android OEM’s making increasingly aggressive enterprise deals with enticing price points per device.
All of this adds up to the fact that the adoption of generic Android devices is growing rapidly within enterprises.
However, because the Android platform is considerably more open-source than that of iOS, device-level configurations are more exposed to manipulation. This has led to security concerns and sometimes even breaches at the device-level.
Visibility into the mobile fleet is becoming of the utmost importance as we see mobile threats continue to advance and proliferate.

Android vulnerabilities

Historically, there were concerns that Android was a riskier investment than iOS. But as the data from our global network of mobile devices shows, this is beginning to change. For example, 62% of mobile phishing incidents now happen on iOS.
As adoption trends to Android, it’s important to ensure security follows. There are some practices that are unique to these devices that must be taken into account.
For example, sideloading applications on Android is considered common practice, and yet this behaviour is inherently risky. If a user installs a malware ridden application this way, the malicious software immediately infects the device, usually without the user’s knowledge.
Third party app stores are also popular among Android device users. iOS closes off its system to these types of applications which don’t meet the same security standards as those distributed through traditional app stores.
Another risk for Android is the Google Play Store which has been known to host an increasing number of malicious apps. Downloading a ‘copy-cat’ app and giving it incorrect permissions can easily mean the information on the device is leaked to the hacker.

Wandera’s MTD for Android

That’s why here at Wandera, we’ve decided to launch an MTD solution specifically for generic Android. The solution resides on the device, constantly monitoring its status and seeking out anomalies and weaknesses.
The app-only MTD solution includes all of the proven on-device threat defense capabilities from the core Wandera offering, including app scanning, configuration vulnerability detection, network protections and behavioral anomaly detection.
These capabilities allow admins to monitor, protect and remediate threats that impact devices subject to regular end user manipulation.
Given the multitude of configuration options that are exposed to users of the Android platform, this new capability will give admins unprecedented visibility into this unmanaged extension of their mobile fleet.

Secure your generic Android devices now

We know you’re probably keen to get going with our offering for generic Android.
Contact your Wandera account manager to find out more. If you’re not already enjoying our services, get in touch for a pressure-free demonstration.
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