Here comes another announcement from MWC 2013, Barcelona. This time Samsung has announced SAFE with Knox to secure its Android Devices or other smartphones and tablets. In order to lure Enterprises Samsung has already running SAFE (Samsung For Enterprise) having improved EAS (Exchange ActiveSync) policies, and improved MDM (Mobile Device Management).
In past some years or we can say even months, Entrepreneurs started feeling insecure on Samsung. So they started drifted towards other options in the market. But now Samsung has introduced KNOX which appears to be a comprehensive mobile solution that lets consumers easily separate their work and personal lives on their mobile devices, while giving enterprises enhanced security at all levels of the Android platform.
In press statement Samsung said,“Easily accessible via an icon on the home screen, the Knox container offers a variety of enterprise applications in a secure environment, including email, browser, contacts, calendars, file sharing, collaboration, CRM and business intelligence applications.”
We can say the new Samsung SAFE with Knox uses some features similar to Blackberry’s with some advancements. It includes Security Enhanced (SE) Android, secure boot, TrustZone-based Integrity Monitoring (TIMA) for protecting the kernel, Single Sign On (SSO) and that application container concept.
All of the best thing is that it will be come packed with the selected devices as a pre-installed feature, and doesn’t require you to buy a special business version of device. Its going to debut from Q2 of 2013.
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Samsung unveils Samsung KNOXTM for secure BYOD
Samsung KNOX is the comprehensive mobile solution for work and play
Barcelona, February 25, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced Samsung KNOX, an end-to-end secure solution that provides security hardening from the hardware through to the application layer.
KNOX incorporates Security Enhanced (SE) Android developed by NSA (National Security Agency),and integrity management services implemented in both hardware and the Android framework. At the application layer, KNOX offers a container solution that separates business and personal use of a mobile device. This separation is enforced by SE Android and file system level encryption, offering protection of business data and applications from data leakage, viruses and malware attacks. Lightweight and compatible with existing common enterprise infrastructure such as MDM, VPN and directory services, KNOX provides reassurance and convenience for IT departments looking to implement and manage Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies.
Easily accessible via an icon on the home screen, the KNOX container presents to users a variety of enterprise applications in a secure environment including email, browser, contacts, calendars, file sharing, collaboration, CRM and business intelligence applications. KNOX enables existing Android eco-system applications to automatically gain enterprise integration and validated, robust security with zero change to the application source code. KNOX relieves application developers from the burden of developing individual enterprise features such as FIPS compliant VPN, on-device encryption, Enterprise Single Sign On (SSO), Active Directory support and Smart Card based multi-factor authentication.
“Security and privacy are understandably held up as barriers to businesses embracing BYOD demands. Meanwhile, users are seeing the latest smartphones and tablets and knocking at the door of IT demanding to be able to use their own devices,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT and Mobile Division. “The solution is clear – combine the business and personal in a single device. Samsung KNOX achieves this harmony between enterprise control and employee satisfaction by delivering fundamental security at the platform level, while leaving the user experience consistent.”
KNOX is a Samsung enterprise solution and aligned with the Samsung For Enterprise (SAFE) programme, an ongoing effort initiated by the company to promote the readiness of its devices for enterprise use.
KNOX will be commercially available in selected Samsung GALAXY devices from Q2 2013 onwards.