Malicious Android Applications in Market Place: How Do We Fix It?
Android Smartphone applications are getting tremendously popular in various fields like business, social, media, health, scientific, and even military. On one hand, enterprises can take the benefit of Android applications to support their business needs. On the other hand, Android devices contain rich sensitive data - e.g., GPS location, photos, calendar, contacts, email, and files - which is critical to the enterprise and unauthorized access to this sensitive data can lead to serious security risks. In this paper, the authors describe the nature and sources of sensitive data, what malicious applications can do to the data, and possible enterprise solutions to secure the data and mitigate the security risks. This paper is to raise employees' and enterprises' awareness against such security threats and risk.