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Zimperium and Google Partner to Fight Bad Apps through App Defense Alliance

Zimperium and Google Partner to Fight Bad Apps through App Defense Alliance

We are thrilled to announce Google has selected us to help ensure the safety of the millions of apps in the Google Play Store through its App Defense Alliance.   

As a member of the App Defense Alliance, Google will provide us access to mobile apps as they are being queued to publish in the Google Play Store. Through our advanced machine learning-based z9 technology, we will help identify and stop potentially harmful mobile apps before they ever make it into Google Play. 

“One of our strategic imperatives as a technology company is to relentlessly innovate,” said Jon Paterson, our chief technical officer. “We have continuously evolved our core technology and, as a result, become the benchmark standard for machine learning-based detection of mobile malware ensuring detection of zero day samples. We look forward to collaborating with Google to keep users of Google Play apps protected from attack.”

The reality is, malware isn’t going anywhere:

  • According to Gartner, mobile malware will account for one-third of all malware by the end of 2019
  • Verizon’s Mobile Security Index 2019 states, malware remains at the top of the list of threats organizations are most concerned about, followed by ransomware. 
  • McAfee’s Mobile Threat Report says, if 2018 was the year of mobile malware, 2019 is the year of everywhere malware. Detections of backdoors, cryptomining, fake apps, and banking Trojans all increased substantially in the latter half of the year. Attacks on other connected things around the house gained momentum as well. 

Anyway you look at it, Zimperium is the only mobile security solution delivering on-device, machine learning-based detection of device, network, phishing and malicious app attacks. 

“The Android team has always valued its close relationship with the cybersecurity community, and Zimperium has been an important partner in our work to keep the Play Store secure,” said Dave Kleidenmacher, head of Android security and privacy, at Google. “We are creating the App Defense Alliance to strengthen this collaboration and further our efforts to protect users from harmful apps.” 

We are happy to be working with Google and look forward to creating a Google Play store full of safe and secure apps their users can trust. 

To learn more about why Google selected us and how our technology will make Google Play safer, watch our on-demand webinar.