Google Introduces Mobile Audit Capability for Business Users
Mobile-device administrators at organizations that have signed up for the premium business version of Google Apps now have a new tool for auditing activities on managed Android and iOS devices.
Google's new Mobile Audit feature, announced this week, gives Google Apps administrators a way to audit activities like operating system updates, application installations, or removals and settings changes that an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet user might make on their devices.
The audit capability is available on all enterprise mobile devices running either operating system that are currently being managed by Google Mobile Management.
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.
The feature will let administrators audit a range of user activities on managed Android and iOS devices, Google said.
"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.