Samsung announced its Knox security suite at the world debut with the Galaxy S 4 in March last year. That might not have happened exactly as planned, but at least South Africa’s biggest telecoms company, Vodacom, has been given the official hat-tip to resell this enterprise security solution; SAFE with Knox. Unlike SAFE, which stands for Samsung for Enterprise, Knox, which was named for the Army outpost where America stores much of its gold, was not crafted into an acronym (though we imagine marketers dedicated at least one meeting to the cause). It’s appropriately named, given the company’s plans to dominate the enterprise industry with what’s soon to be “the most comprehensive mobile security solution.”
But what does KNOX do?It’s an IT manager’s pipe dream, of sorts. A comprehensive collection of features that include Security Enhanced (SE) Android, secure boot, TrustZone-based Integrity Monitoring (TIMA) for protecting the kernel, Single Sign On (SSO) and that application container concept made famous by BlackBerry, just to name a few. Best of all, Knox will ship pre-installed on select devices, all sold as one SKU — in other words, consumers and enterprise customers alike will be taking home identical handsets, simplifying the process significantly for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) businesses. Then again, this is good news for Samsung, who will now see its Knox-enabled devices added to the alongside BlackBerry on the official list of approved hardware. This also represents the first time any Android devices have been deemed secure enough for use by SA services. With iOS believed to be going through the same boot-camp trials, agencies could be about to get a lot more choice.
The enhanced security capabilities of KNOX will be available to Vodacom’s enterprise customers on a wide range of the Samsung devices such as GALAXY S5, S4, S4 Mini, Note 3, Note 2, Mega, Note 10.1 (2014) and Note Pro 12.2”
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