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Android for Work Knox on Samsung’s door

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Android for Work, a program that supports enterprise use of Android, along with Samsung’s Knox mobile enterprise security platform, are now available on new Samsung devices to enhance the security of the mobile enterprise.

“Since people stay connected via their mobile devices, the lines between work and personal lives have blurred. Accommodating work and play on one phone is more than just a trend, it’s a necessity,” says Paulo Ferreira, Director of Enterprise Mobility at Samsung South Africa. According to Ferreira Android provides a leading solution for this through Work Profiles – a dedicated professional space that is separate from a user’s personal account, apps and data. “When this solution is combined with a Samsung device, it is a great offering, as Samsung handsets are protected by Samsung Knox, a mobile enterprise security platform.”

The combination of Android for Work and Samsung Knox is particularly useful for companies that have Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or Corporate-Owned Personally Enabled (COPE) policies, where employees use the same device for personal and work usage. Work data in Android’s Work Profiles allows IT admins to apply policies to prevent data leakage and installation of apps from unknown sources, as well as protecting company data. The Android for Work program provides modern and effective safeguards to protect both the individual and the enterprise.

In order to ensure that the device itself hasn’t been tampered with or that only vendor-approved versions of the operating system (OS) are being run, data protection at the software level is necessary.  Software should be sitting on a trusted foundation and this is where Samsung Knox comes into play.

Samsung Knox is a defence-grade mobile security platform built into Samsung devices which extends Android’s software level protection by adding hardware level security mechanisms. By simply turning on the handset, one is protected with multiple layers of security from the hardware to the application level. Samsung Knox monitors and ensures that the mobile device is protected against external attacks, malicious code or applications, as well as deviations from a trusted baseline. In addition, it can detect or protect against rooting (unlocking a device to access the back end of the OS).

Samsung Knox helps guarantee the integrity of the device and Android for Work benefits from this. In addition, Samsung and Google work closely together to ensure that Knox and Android for Work updates operate in tandem to stay ahead of emerging threats.

For organisations needing even more control over management and security of mobility, Samsung offers the Knox Workspace, providing the most comprehensive set of security and management capabilities possible on a mobile device. It has received more government security accreditations and industry awards than any other solution on the market.

Android for Work hardened by Knox features are now available on Samsung devices with Android OS 6.0 and above, including flagship smartphones.

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Password managers don’t protect you from hackers

Using a password manager to protect yourself online? Research reveals serious weaknesses…

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Top password manager products have fundamental flaws that expose the data they are designed to protect, rendering them no more secure than saving passwords in a text file, according to a new study by researchers at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).

“100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the security to safeguard a user’s passwords as advertised,” says ISE CEO Stephen Bono. “Although password managers provide some utility for storing login/passwords and limit password reuse, these applications are a vulnerable target for the mass collection of this data through malicious hacking campaigns.”

In the new report titled “Under the Hood of Secrets Management,” ISE researchers revealed serious weaknesses with top password managers: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass.  ISE examined the underlying functionality of these products on Windows 10 to understand how users’ secrets are stored even when the password manager is locked. More than 60 million individuals 93,000 businesses worldwide rely on password managers. Click here for a copy of the report.

Password managers are marketed as a solution to eliminate the security risks of storing passwords or secrets for applications and browsers in plain text documents. Having previously examined these and other password managers, ISE researchers expected an improved level of security standards preventing malicious credential extraction. Instead ISE found just the opposite. 

Click here to read the findings from the report.

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MWC: Next generation of inflight connectivity to be unveiled

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Next week at Mobile World Congress, the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal progress on its mission towards enabling the next generation of inflight connectivity. This follows a significant start for the Alliance, which has seen membership increase five-fold since the first meeting in June of last year. The Alliance has a new research laboratory setup and continues progress through its three working groups, writing specifications for the technology, requirements, and operations.

These developments represent a huge leap towards the goal of making connectivity as easy and enjoyable in the skies as it is on the ground. Appearing as part of the Airbus stand (Hall 6, stand 6G34), the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal specification topics that have been completed and published to its membership.

“The passenger experience with inflight connectivity remains one of the great technology challenges. From Day One we have been determined to deliver on our mission to bring industries and technologies together to make the inflight internet experience simple to access and a delight to use,” said the Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer, Jack Mandala.

“I have been tremendously encouraged by the enthusiastic and committed response we have seen and the widening areas of expertise we can call upon as more and more companies and organisations continue to join us,” he added.

Announced during MWC 2018, the Seamless Air Alliance has since grown to twenty-three membercompanies with more than one-hundred key personnel from across the membership participating in its three working groups, with numbers continuing to increase.

The Seamless Air Alliance was created by founding members Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint, and quickly joined by Air France KLM, Aeromexico, and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and global technology leaders including Astronics, Collins Aerospace, Comtech, Cyient, iDirect, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Latecoere, Nokia, and Panasonic. 

Today, the Alliance is pleased to announce five additional new members: Adaptive Channel, Etihad Airways, GlobalReach Technology, Safran, and SITAONAIR.

“We are extremely pleased to have these companies join and be a part of the companies driving the next generation of connectivity.” said Mr Mandala.

The Seamless Air Alliance will enable travelers boarding any flight, on any airline, anywhere in the world, to use their own devices to automatically connect to the Internet with no complicated login process nor paywall to scramble over.

The Alliance is also announcing the release of a new research study on the economic benefit of standardization on the inflight connectivity market at Mobile World Congress. This report is available for download at https://www.seamlessalliance.com/publications/

The Alliance is moving rapidly towards an expected demonstration of the technology later in 2019 and anticipates massive interest in Barcelona from the whole communications eco-system.

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