App Defense Alliance: Google tied up with mobile security companies to find bad apps before it reaches the user device. The primary goal of the alliance is to make Google play more secure.
App Defense Alliance
Google alliance with mobile security companies ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium to fight against malicious apps together, reducing the risk of app-based malware, identifying new threats, and protecting our users.
The goal of the alliance is to ensure the safety of the Google play, quickly finding them and stop the app before it gets published.
“As part of this App Defense 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 analyze that dataset and act as another, a vital set of eyes before an app going live on the Play Store,” reads the blog post.
Google said that with this alliance “Multiple heuristic engines working in concert will increase our efficiency in identifying potentially harmful apps.”
“Partners of the App Defense Alliance can send a request to the Google Play Protect scanner service to have an app analyzed. The GPP scanner service then sends back the scan results directly to the partner. This direct communication also allows GPP to send requests to the partner’s scanner services and receive results from the partner’s scanning engines. “
The partners are picked by Google based upon their success in the detection of the threats and their detection to secure the community.
You can learn more details here about the App Defense Alliance here.