In an attempt to gain some traction in the mobile business sector, Samsung has unveiled an additional layer of security software known as Knox.
Knox will run as part of the company’s Samsung for Enterprise (SAFE) initiative, aimed towards the business world. YH Lee, the executive vice president of Samsung Mobile told CNET that Samsung is considering embedding Knox into its next flagship smartphone, perhaps the Galaxy S4.
The Knox software will be native to the operating system and Samsung claims it will address all the major security gaps in Android by incorporating Security Enhanced (SE) Android developed by the National Security Agency, as well as implementing integrity management services in the hardware and Android framework.
Knox creates a system that separates personal data from corporate data on a user’s smartphone, making it easy for companies and IT departments to manage BYOD strategies. The container system is accessible via an icon on the home screen and gives users access to enterprise applications such as email, browser, contacts, calendars, CRM and business intelligence applications among others.
Samsung says the software works with hundreds of current IT policies and includes AES 256-bit encryption. It also allows users to set up a virtual private network connection through an app and improves the mobile device management controls.
Samsung has been slowly pushing the SAFE program for the last year and has developed its most recent advertisements, notably the Unicorn Apocalypse spots that take swipes at BlackBerry, to emphasize the security and business-ready aspects of its products. According to the company, there is already a device ready to work in government agencies that will meet all the security requirements, including those in the defense department.