South Korean tech giant Samsung has announced Samsung Knox, an end-to-end security solution at the MWC 2013 that provides security hardening from the hardware to the application layer. The best thing of Knox is it offers a container solution that separates business and personal use of a mobile device.
Knox allows Android applications to automatically receive enterprise integration and validation without changing the application’s source code. Therefore, Android developers don’t have to worry about adding individual enterprise features such as single sign-on, Active Directory support and on-device encryption to their applications.
Samsung said its separation uses SE Android and file-system-level encryption. Users can access the Knox container via a home screen icon, and therein access enterprise applications — e-mail, a browser, contacts, calendar, file sharing, collaboration, CRM and business intelligence apps. With Knox, existing Android apps can automatically gain enterprise integration and validation. Samsung said it allows companies to avoid developing individual enterprise features, such as FIPS compliant VPN, on-device encryption, Enterprise Single Sign On, Active Directory support and Smart Card-based multi-factor authentication.
As Knox is compatible with “existing common enterprise infrastructure” such as mobile device management software, VPNs and directory services, the South Korean tech giant is aiming Knox at enterprises with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies that are looking for extra layers of security and privacy protection.
Samsung said Knox will be available on selected Galaxy devices in the second quarter of this year but the company didn’t specify whether those Galaxy devices will be smartphones, tablets or both.