Google to enable remote security control for Android 2.2 devices

An upcoming service and Android application will allow remote device control and security so this may help company IT managers accept Android in the workplace.

I have heard from lots of people that they are concerned about security on their Android devices, but it looks like Google is taking this concern seriously and will soon be offering a method for IT managers to have some control over Android devices in the workplace. The upcoming Google Apps Device Policy application will enable authorized company personnel to provide secure management and sync control over Android 2.2 devices. The great thing is that this device management can occur from within a web browser so no dedicated server is needed.

Some of the security functions that can be controlled include:

  • Remotely wipe all data from lost or stolen mobile devices
  • Lock idle devices after a period of inactivity
  • Require a device password on each phone
  • Set minimum lengths for more secure passwords
  • Require passwords to include letters and numbers

I use an HTC EVO 4G to access my company email, but that is managed and controlled through Exchange ActiveSync. Some future HTC devices will support this type of control through, but that is very device and user specific. Do you use an Android device as your business phone?

Thanks to Android Arena for the heads-up.