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Samsung Knox enterprise security system coming to Galaxy phones: demonstration

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Samsung Knox enterprise security system coming to Galaxy phones: demonstration
As BlackBerry is fading out of relevance in the corporate segment and companies increasingly start accepting a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approach to work, security becomes of even greater importance on Android.

To address that need, Samsung today has unveiled KNOX, a container that locks all your work applications in a secure environment to protect against data leakage and malware. The Knox feature is supported on Galaxy smartphones and to access it you just tap on the icon to access your work apps, and once you are done with work, you can easily switch back to your personal application and phone environment.

"Easily accessible via an icon on the home screen, the Knox container offers a variety of enterprise applications in a secure environment, including email, browser, contacts, calendars, file sharing, collaboration, CRM and business intelligence applications," Samsung said in a statement.

What Knox does is basically allow IT admins to keep track of employees' personal and work data separately, at the application layer. The system uses a more secure Android version developed by the National Security Agency (NSA) works well with existing MDM, VPN and directory services.

The feature will first arrive on Galaxy smartphone in the United Kingdom soon, and it could well be one serious threat for BlackBerry.

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posted on 25 Feb 2013, 09:55 5

1. Dastrix (Posts: 620; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


I believe that this would actually work better than BB Balance because launching Knox provides a secure environment where all your productivity applications are stored, acting like a hub for enterprise applications. Balance, however, lets one manage both work and personal profiles separately. I don't know about you, but managing different profiles at once seems a bit tedious.

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 10:02 2

2. Suster.Ngesot (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


This is a SIGN that BlackBerry were taking the wrong PATH in their way.

BB were caught in the past era where phone manufacture leader were fighting in OS level such as Nokia with symbian, iphone with iOS, samsung with Bada, and BB with BB.

Right now, it's an ecosystem war. It's a war between Android vs. iOS vs. (failed) WP vs. (failed) BB.

If BB were joining Android, it would give them the advantage of being able to focus what they were best.... SECURITY. and let Google the hard part.

With BB10 strategy, BB seems to secure the world by having something more advance than competitor (it's not). But the end result is BB were loosing the focus and time. and TIME IS MONEY.

and now, what is late, is more ruined.... BB10 will go the way of WebOS, Kin & WP7/WP8. A failure history of mobileOS.

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 11:28

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5955; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Nothing like focusing on what you are best at. Except RIM/BB isn't best at anything now. They could possibly have staked out a segment with a hardware qwerty offering combined with Android (especially by piggy-backing NSA's version). But now? Fuggedaboudit.

Day late and a dollar short.

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 10:49 1

3. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Advanced security, healthcare options, mouse hovering via finger and new gesture functions, sounds like the SIV living up to expectations. Now can someone explain what kind of screen is the rumored SIV screen? I think the HTC One was supposed to have something like that, or is indeed having.

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 14:42

5. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


ohhh so many things goin on with samsung...
galaxy s4 commercial ad might be 1 hour presentation :D

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 02:28

6. security1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


I agree with you that the security is the most important things, if proper security is not present, then there is a possibility for intruders.

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