Windows Phone 8.1 Security and MDM Part 2 – App Allow and Deny Lists Management

Windows Phone 8.1 Security and MDM Part 2

Anyone who knows me can tell you how much I all things mobile and how to secure and mange those deices. That is why I am excited to write that Microsoft has released information regarding Windows Phone 8.1 Security and Mobile Device Management. Here is some additional informational excerpts from the white papers on App Allow and Deny Lists management.

Links
Windows Phone 8.1 Security Overview
http://tinyurl.com/pybf8yv
Windows Phone 8.1 MDM Overview
http://tinyurl.com/ndtvcgx

App Allow and Deny Lists management

To manage this feature, define a list of authorized and blocked apps for your devices by using the App Allow/Deny list policy. Windows Phone uses these lists to determine which apps it allows to run and which it does not. You can authorize or block apps based on:

The app publisher name only. Authorize or block all apps from a specific app publisher.
The app product ID only. Authorize or block a specific app by the app product ID, which is a globally unique identifier assigned to the app.

A combination of app publisher name and product ID. Authorize or block a specific app by the app product ID for a specific publisher name.

Note There is one list that includes the apps that are allowed and another, separate list for apps that are blocked.

Each of these lists is sent in XML format to Windows Phone devices and contains an XML element for:
Each publisher name that is authorized or blocked

Each product ID that is authorized or blocked

A product ID within a publisher element that is authorized or blocked for a specific publisher.

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