Samsung secures the 'Bring your own device' (BYOD) strategies for enterprises with the introduction of Samsung KNOX, an end-to-end secure solution for Android devices 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. Compatible with existing common enterprise infrastructure such as MDM, VPN and directory services, KNOX provides convenience for IT departments looking to implement and manage Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies.
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, security with zero change to the application source code. KNOX also 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.
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.