Android 10 and MobileIron: Supporting user privacy and enterprise security without compromise

Android 10 is here, and while it offers some pretty cool new productivity features, what stands out most is a clear focus on boosting both user privacy and enterprise security. Since day one, MobileIron has been committed to protecting personal and enterprise data by keeping them separate and secure on every device we manage. For that reason, we’re excited to see our partners furthering this vision with innovative security features designed with the needs of Android users and enterprise IT in mind.

Specifically, new data separation capabilities in Android 10 will put many privacy concerns to rest so users can confidently rely on their Android devices for personal and business use. At the same time, enterprise IT gets more control over updates and apps on devices that access business resources.

Here are the top three ways Android 10 improves user privacy and enterprise security:

  1. Location privacy: Prior to Android 10, users could allow individual apps to track their location either all the time or never at all. Starting in Android 10, users can now allow an app to access location data only while the app is in use. Location permissions must be enabled to allow the devices to scan for networks. To prevent device tracking, apps can no longer access device identifiers like an International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number or the device serial number. The MAC address is also randomized when connecting to Wi-Fi to further protect location privacy.
  1. Enterprise security. Android 10 allows IT managers to freeze updates for 90 days and manually push them out as a single, customized file if needed. IT can also prevent apps from being installed from unknown sources when an employee is using a work profile. Work apps can also prompt users for a stronger screen lock password if certain security requirements are not met.
  1. Device security. To ensure hackers can’t break into devices, phone makers will now have to encrypt data on the device using Google’s new Adiantum encryption method. This update also implements stronger security protocols such as TLS 1.3 for increased security while accessing the Internet. Android 10 also includes changes to the Biometric API that allows apps and services to use face and fingerprint authentication to provide another layer of robust security.

Learn more about our partnership and MobileIron’s support for Android 10 mobile device management (MDM). RSVP to the joint Android/MobileIron Security Roundtables now!

Vikram Jayaraman

Senior Product Manager

About the author

Vikram Jayaraman manages strategy and product roadmap for Android at MobileIron and works closely with customers to deploy and secure Android devices with MobileIron UEM products. Before joining MobileIron, Vikram worked in Cisco and Egnyte defining strategies for products in IoT, Cloud Storage and Network Management.