By Prarthito Maity email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 28, 2013 07:38 AM EST
Samsung is doing all it can to make the smartphone universe a much safer place to be, and now the company is introducing a brand new security system.
Per reports, Samsung is currently expanding its existing enterprise strategy by introducing a new enterprise-based security system called Knox.
Knox is named after the greatly protected Army outpost Fort Knox. Samsung’s Knox includes a collection of feature such as Security Enhanced Android, TrustZone-based Integrity Monitoring, secure boot, a single sign on and an application container, very similar to Blackberry’s Balance.
“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,” says 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.”
Basically, Knox has been developed so that the system’s IT admins can keep employee work and personal data separate, while also making security a priority.
Samsung states that Knox is easily accessible via an icon on the home screen, and the Knox container has been developed to present 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 also enables existing Android eco-system applications to automatically gain enterprise incorporation and validated, strong security with no change to the application source code.
The system is also said to provide relief to application developers from the trouble 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.
Another useful feature of Knox is that admins won’t be able to see anything stored on the “personal side” of the device, so privacy will not become an issue. Users won’t even be able to move anything between the environments, even through copy and paste.
On the account of a user leaving his or her job, an employer can easily remove significant data related to the workplace without removing the device or endangering the user’s privacy.
Knox, as reported by Android Authority, will be shipping with select devices as a pre-installed feature.
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