Security is critical for every single one of our 1.4 billion Android users — from consumers to enterprise users in highly regulated industries. That’s why, in addition to all the work we do to make Android devices secure out of the box, we also provide additional features for enterprises that want to control their own security protocols.
Today, we released the third annual Android Security Year in Review, which details the measures taken to protect Android users and their data over the last year, as well as the results of those efforts.
In 2016, we released many enterprise capabilities to strengthen Android security, such as “always-on” VPN, security policy transparency, process logging, improved WiFi certification handling and client certification improvements. Android’s security and management features are simple to use for businesses of any size, with powerful tools for admins.
Overall, we improved our abilities to stop dangerous apps, built new security features into Android 7.0 Nougat and collaborated with device manufacturers, researchers and other members of the Android ecosystem.
The results have been tangible. We saw dramatic decreases in Potentially Harmful Apps (PHAs) that may put users’ data or devices at risk, worked with partners to improve security device update rates and grew our Android Security Rewards program.