Samsung Knox to provide enterprise mobility for SMEs

The latest Samsung Knox products have been designed to help small to medium-sized businesses invest in enterprise mobility

The latest Samsung Knox products have been designed to help small to medium-sized businesses invest in enterprise mobility.

Samsung's Knox enterprise mobile security platform, which was first announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013, allows dual "personalities" to be set up on a smartphone to allow one handset to function as two separate devices, keeping the data from each contained and secure.

At this year’s MWC in Barcelona, Samsung revealed two new products under the Samsung Knox name: Samsung Knox EMM (enterprise mobility management) and Samsung Knox marketplace.

As more businesses focus on mobile device management (MDM) to support mobile working in the enterprise, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure that these devices are properly managed and secure.

The Knox EMM, which will support non-Samsung devices, is a cloud-based MDM offering. Within this, the Knox marketplace allows firms to purchase apps with can then be rolled out throughout the enterprise.

Injong Rhee, senior vice-president for Samsung Mobile Communications, said: “These products are designed to better serve the needs of small and medium-sized businesses which do not necessarily have an IT department or IT manager.”

According to Samsung, the market for device mobility for SMEs is rapidly increasing as the bring your own device (BYOD) trend catches on, and products such as this meet their needs. The EMM can be scaled for larger enterprises.

The firm also announced this week its planned partnership with mobile security firm Good Technology to provide a mobility security platform that combines Knox hardware protection with Good’s app container security.

Samsung also shared information about its continued work on the Knox software, including increasing the level of security of Knox, allowing apps to be installed without needing app wrapping, two-factor authentication and Trustzone Integrity Measurement which prevents tampering at kernel level.

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