Malware Mitigation is a collaboration between Google, ESET, Lookout, McAfee, Trend Micro and Zimperium. This initiative was created to ensure the safety of Google Play. Together, we aim to quickly find Potentially Harmful Applications (PHAs) and stop them before they ever make it onto Google Play.
Through this program, Google Play Protect detection systems directly communicate with each partner's scanning engines. This generates new app risk intelligence as apps are being queued to publish. Partners analyze this dataset and act as an additional vital set of eyes before an app goes live on the Play store.
Communication and collaboration
The Malware Mitigation initiative creates a secure two-way communication between Google and our partners to share threat information and new samples as soon as they are available. This results in early detection and mitigation of PHAs.
The open communication between Google Play Protect and our partners benefits everyone involved and most importantly helps protect Android users. Our partners have a direct feed to GPP samples and share scan results directly with GPP. The transparency the initiative creates fosters an open and collaborative atmosphere for partners and users.
All our partners work in the world of endpoint protection, and offer specific products to protect mobile devices and the mobile ecosystem. They use a combination of machine learning and static/dynamic analysis to detect bad apps in the wild. Then, they analyze these apps to understand what makes them harmful to users, and ultimately protect individuals and organizations against those threats.