Good For Samsung Knox Aims To Secure Android For Businesses

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Good Technology and Samsung continue collaboration with Android integration

Good Technology and Samsung say the latest stage in their collaboration, the release of ‘Good for Samsung Knox’, will make it easier for enterprises and government organisations to use Android devices securely.

Samsung Knox promises to secure devices from the hardware level through to the application and is currently the only Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform to comply with US Department of Defense standards for mobile device security.

Good for Samsung Knox

Good for Samsung Knox is the only EMM platform that resides within Knox’s security stack, creating a secure domain for Good applications, secured apps and custom software to operate, while there is also support for Knox’s Mobile Device Management (MDM) APIs.

Samsung Galaxy A7“By partnering with Samsung to integrate our container and secure app ecosystem with the KNOX platform, we are delivering a comprehensive, layered solution to secure Samsung Android devices in the enterprise,” said Christy Wyatt, CEO of Good Technology.

It is claimed the combination of the two platforms can help businesses and the public sector overcome fears about Android adoption, mainly security issues, accelerating adoption of Google’s mobile operating system in the enterprise.

“Together, Samsung and Good are addressing the growing importance of mobility management for enterprises by delivering a secure mobile productivity solution for Android that will relieve organisations of past concerns with Android adoption such as rooting, viruses and malware,” said Injong Rhee, executive vice president of enterprise business at Samsung’s IT and mobile business. “The combination of Samsung and Good represents the best solution for secure enterprise Android productivity – no matter whether corporate-liable, COPE or BYOD device ownership models are being used.”

Both Good and Samsung are hoping to capitalise on the growing need for EMM, especially with the trend towards BYOD, slowing growth of the consumer smartphone market in developed nations and the demise of BlackBerry. Apple is also keen on getting in on the act, adding a number of enterprise features to iOS 8.

However last October, Samsung was forced to deny claims made by a security researcher that Knox was completely compromised, adding that the certifications it has received from governments provided independent verification of the platform’s integrity.

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