Google’s Mobile Audit Capability Helps Enterprises Manage Mobile Devices
Google has just released a Mobile Audit feature that will help administrators audit a range of user activities on both Android and iOS devices. This feature will be available for businesses that have signed up for the premium business version of Google Apps. Admins will be able to audit activities like OS updates, application installations and removals, and setting changes users may be making.
This will allow IT to be able to correct any mistakes and pin point security gaps from un-updated devices or devices that have been updated too quickly. The Audit capability is available on all enterprise devices running iOS or Android.
Activities that are monitored by Mobile Audit will be available to Google Apps administrators in the administrative console on the accounts activity reports page. Administrators can use the console to run queries against mobile device users and get a detailed report on their activities. Administrators can also use the console to set alerts for specific activities that a user or a set of users might take with their mobile devices.
“With this new feature, administrators will be able to query all of the Mobile Audit information by user, by device or by event,” said Sumit Chatterjee, product manager, Google Mobile Management, and Wesley Chun, developer advocate of Google Apps, in a post on the company’s Apps Developer Blog. The feature also will let administrators carry out tasks like verifying if all managed mobile devices in the enterprise are running the latest security updates or to get a quick rundown of all devices that have been newly registered on the enterprise network.
New API-level support for Mobile Audit in Google Apps means administrators can now send device information to an asset-tracking system so organizations can keep track of their mobile assets, the two Google managers said.
The activity audit capability builds on the mobile management options that are currently available through Google Apps. This includes the ability for administrators to manage mobile devices from anywhere via their consoles, individually approving devices for active management, and pushing policies, such as those related to security and configuration settings, out to end-user devices.