Posted by Martijn Grooten on Aug 31, 2017
While a lot of attention is focused on the fight against advanced malware, a different kind of threat is providing just as big a headache for security companies: that of apps (often free ones) whose behaviours sit right on the limits of what is acceptable from a security point of view. The "better safe than sorry" approach preferred by security vendors usually doesn't align with the views of their customers – or those of the often powerful lawyers employed by the vendors of some of these apps.
Last year, industry veteran Dennis Batchelder set up AppEsteem to take an interesting and pragmatic approach to this issue. Rather than come up with even more complicated ways of blocking potentially unwanted apps, he is working with the app developers and distributors themselves, to ensure they stay within the limits of what is acceptable from a security point of view. AppEsteem then provides feeds and services to security vendors, to help them avoid blocking such apps – while at the same time, making it easier to block those that do engage in malicious or deceptive behaviour.
We have asked Dennis to give a Small Talk at VB2017 to discuss how this works, and to explain how security vendors and testers can make use of AppEsteem's services.
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