Posted by Nataliya Stanetsky, Android Security and Privacy Team
The App Defense Alliance (ADA), an industry-leading collaboration launched by Google in 2019 dedicated to ensuring the safety of the app ecosystem, is taking a major step forward. We are proud to announce that the App Defense Alliance is moving under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation, with Meta, Microsoft, and Google as founding steering members.
This strategic migration represents a pivotal moment in the Alliance’s journey, signifying a shared commitment by the members to strengthen app security and related standards across ecosystems. This evolution of the App Defense Alliance will enable us to foster more collaborative implementation of industry standards for app security.
Uniting for App Security
The digital landscape is continually evolving, and so are the threats to user security. With the ever-increasing complexity of mobile apps and the growing importance of data protection, now is the perfect time for this transition. The Linux Foundation is renowned for its dedication to fostering open-source projects that drive innovation, security, and sustainability. By combining forces with additional members under the Linux Foundation, we can adapt and respond more effectively to emerging challenges.
The commitment of the newly structured App Defense Alliance’s founding steering members – Meta, Microsoft, and Google – is pivotal in making this transition a reality. With a member community spanning an additional 16 General and Contributor Members, the Alliance will support industry-wide adoption of app security best practices and guidelines, as well as countermeasures against emerging security risks.
Continuing the Malware Mitigation Program
The App Defense Alliance was formed with the mission of reducing the risk of app-based malware and better protecting Android users. Malware defense remains an important focus for Google and Android, and we will continue to partner closely with the Malware Mitigation Program members – ESET, Lookout, McAfee, Trend Micro, Zimperium – on direct signal sharing. The migration of ADA under the Linux Foundation will enable broader threat intelligence sharing across leading ecosystem partners and researchers.
Looking Ahead and Connecting With the ADA
We invite you to stay connected with the newly structured App Defense Alliance under the Linux foundation umbrella. Join the conversation to help make apps more secure. Together with the steering committee, alliance partners, and the broader ecosystem, we look forward to building more secure and trustworthy app ecosystems.