Samsung is hoping to further its position in the enterprise space by introducing Samsung KNOX, a full software solution for companies to implement with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs. KNOX is aiming to be an end-to-end solution for securing corporate data on a personal device, keeping both sets of data and apps completely separate. The solution provides system-level encryption of the enterprise data and apps, which are accessed via an app icon on the employee's homescreen. Everything inside KNOX is a completely separate container from the rest of the phone, and ships with integrated email, browser, contacts, calendar and file sharing apps for the enterprise.
Additionally, any Android app can be made KNOX-compliant without any change in the source code, so developers don't have to submit a new version of the app to work with KNOX. Samsung can add features like FIPS compliant VPN, on-device encryption and Single Sign On (SSO) to these existing apps.
These security features require changes in both the hardware and software of the devices, and Samsung is saying that KNOX will be available on "selected Samsung devices" starting from Q2 2013 as part of its SAFE (Samsung for Enterprise) platform. This is a great step forward for users that want to have both corporate and personal data on a single device.
Samsung unveils Samsung KNOX™ 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. More information on the SAFE program is available here.
KNOX will be commercially available in selected Samsung GALAXY devices from Q2 2013 onwards.
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