ESET is founding member of Google’s App Defence Alliance

ESET to join others in proactively protecting apps on the Google Play Store

ESET’s research teams will be directly involved with the analysis of all applications.
ESET’s research teams will be directly involved with the analysis of all applications.

ESET is a founding member of the App Defence Alliance, an initiative by Google to protect its Play Store. ESET will provide its detection capabilities and security for the Android ecosystem and will also spearhead investigations that make the Google Play Store safer.

This alliance complements the existing partnerships that ESET currently has with Google, including the integration with Chronicle, a division of Google Cloud, and the embedded ESET engine in Google Chrome Cleanup, a security tool that alerts Google Chrome users to potential threats.

“What was previously a reactive effort to catch security vulnerabilities is now a full-fledged and proactive campaign to protect billions of consumers and businesses at the source,” said Tony Anscombe, global security evangelist and industry ambassador, ESET. “ESET has constantly been at the forefront of threat research. Together with Google, ESET and the other App Defence Alliance members will be able to provide Google with the information to eliminate threats and help Android users stay one step ahead of cybercriminals.”

ESET was selected by Google based on its experience in uncovering malicious apps in the Google Play Store. With this partnership, ESET’s research teams will be directly involved with the analysis of all applications and help to proactively protect the users of the Google Play Store. As part of this collaboration, ESET will share with Google its determinations on apps it detects as malicious, potentially harmful or unwanted, prior to the app being published on the Google Play Store.

Almost 40% of ESET’s employees work in research and development, the company says.

“For years, Google has worked extensively with members of the cybersecurity community to protect both businesses and consumers online, and today’s news is the latest example of this collaboration,” said Dave Kleidenmacher, head of Android security and privacy at Google. “Partnering with a respected member of the cybersecurity industry like ESET will enhance the protection of the Google Play ecosystem, and we look forward to seeing what our teams are able to accomplish together.”

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