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.