With over 2.8 million apps accessible to android users worldwide as of September 2019, the google play store has grown to become one of the biggest online stores. While this would be regarded as a huge achievement by most tech giants, we don’t think the same can be said of Google.
As of March 2018, the global giant enjoyed an all-time high of over 3.6 million apps accessible by its users worldwide. Lack of reliable security measures is among the major factors behind the massive reduction in the number of apps available in the play store in less than 2 years.
Over 3,700 apps are uploaded into the play store daily. With inadequate security measures in play, terming the play store hack-proof and 100% safe for users is impossible. In 2017, google introduced the play store protect program which took down over 700,000 applications suspected of malware. Keeping a store containing millions of apps free from cyberattacks and hackers isn’t an easy feat even for a company as big as Google. Months ago, Google announced its collaboration with three top endpoint security software makers; ESET, Zimperium, and Lookout to build an app
The Google App
ESET, Zimperium, Lookout alongside Google have unraveled that the App Defence Alliance software is designed to test and secure check mechanisms enabling them to find potential threats swiftly and let only apps that do not hold the elements that put a mobile app’s privacy and security at risk enter the play store environment.
This collaboration would provide room for the security scanning engines of ESET, Zimperium
According to Google’s website ‘’Working closely with our industry partners gives us an opportunity to collaborate with some truly talented researchers in our field and the detection engines they’ve built. This is all with the goal of, together, reducing the risk of app-based malware, identifying new threats, and protecting our users.
Our number one goal as partners is to ensure the safety of the Google Play Store, quickly finding potentially harmful applications and stopping them from being published.
As part of this Alliance, we are integrating our Google Play Protect detection systems with each partner’s scanning engines. This will generate new app risk intelligence as apps are being queued to publish. Partners will
Zimperium’s CTO, Jon Paterson also remarked that ‘’We have continuously evolved our core technology and, as a result, become the benchmark standard for machine learning-based detection of mobile malware ensuring detection of zero-day samples. We look forward to collaborating with Google to keep users of Google Play apps protected from attack.”
While this is the first collaboration between Google and outside security firms, preventive measures such as Built Test Suite which scans for potentially harmful applications across software built by other partners had been adopted in the past. With the invention of the Google App
Android has grown to become one of the most recognized operating systems worldwide, its currently estimated as the key software provider to over 2.5 billion devices.
Its reliance on Google’s play store has made the provision for a malware-free app store a necessity. ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium are notable security companies with proven track records in implying innovative security measures, with the Google App Defence alliance in effect, there is every possibility that the tech company would enjoy a wider audience in the coming years.