Google has added Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) and encryption capabilities to its latest Android 5.0 Lollipop mobile operating system in a bid to secure it against hackers and state spies.
Ludwig listed the Android 5.0 SELinux Enforcing mode as the biggest step for enterprise customers, promising to give IT managers increased sandboxing and management powers.
"Android has had a strong application sandbox since the very beginning. SELinux pushes enforcement of the Android security model further into the core of the OS and makes it easier to audit and monitor so there's less room for an attack," he explained.
SELinux was developed originally by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and is the basis for numerous defence solutions including Samsung's Knox security service.
Google integrated Knox into the beta version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, codenamed Android L, in July.
Backing this up, Ludwig announced fresh encryption by default for Android 5.0 Lollipop.
"People use safes and combination locks to protect their physical goods. With digital information, encryption acts like a safe to protect your information from thieves and snoops," he said.
"That's why we've worked hard to provide this added security for our users, which will now be the default from the moment you power on a new device running Lollipop."
Encryption has been viewed as one of the few effective ways to protect company data from prying government snoops since news of the PRISM scandal broke in 2013.
Whistleblower Edward Snowden, who originally leaked the PRISM documents to the press, said during a speech at the SXSW conference in March that encryption is a key way for companies and the general public to protect themselves from the NSA.
Since then several technology companies, including Yahoo, Microsoft and Apple, have rushed to add enhanced encryption to their services.
However, the increased focus on encryption has been met with hostility by law enforcement.
Troels Oerting, assistant director at Europol and head of the European Cybercrime Centre, argued earlier in October that the Snowden revelations and rise of encryption make cybercrime investigations more challenging.
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