Android 12 Allows IT Admins to disable USB data to improve security
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Android 12 offers many new features, Google will include some enterprise-focused changes in the software release. It plans to make Android a more reliable and secure operating system for enterprises and IT admins access to more privacy controls and additional security measures. The latest feature will allow IT admins to disable USB data to improve security.

According to a Google blog post, “We’re also empowering IT to decide what input method editors (IMEs) employees can use in their personal profiles to reduce the risk of using a rogue keyboard that could capture data on the device. IT will also have the ability to disable USB signaling for anything but charging, reducing the risk of USB-based attacks.”

Though this feature will only be available on devices that have USB HAL 1.3. According to Google documentation, the device admin apps will have to call canUsbDataSignalingBeDisabled() to check if enabling or disabling USB data signaling is supported on the device.

IT admins will also have the option to “slice their 5G network and dedicated connectivity to all apps on a fully-managed device, or specifically to apps in the work profile.” This means enterprises can limit priority cell service to Work profile apps and give them more “control over the quality of service and security of work data.”

There are other enterprise-focused features coming to Android 12 this includes options to approve or deny sensor-related permissions on personal devices and set up Wi-Fi networks through a new network API that doesn’t require user location permissions. Android 12 also changes the hardware devices IDs for personal devices.

Google will roll out the changes to devices with the Android 12 stable release following the Pixel 6 series launch later this month.

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