The next version of Android, previewed on day one of Google I/O, will include the integration the Samsung KNOX technology. A number of new features for enterprise users and IT administrators have been added, such as a separate container to manage and secure business data.
This new experience will also provide business users and IT administrators with the ability to adapt to evolving enterprise mobility trends. "As a driving force of Android powered mobile devices, Samsung is in a unique position to meet the rapidly evolving mobile security and privacy needs of Android users," said Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President of KNOX Business Group at Samsung Electronics. "We are delighted with the opportunity to work with Google to help build Android’s enterprise eco-system and establish Android devices as the leading choice for businesses. This represents an amazing transformation in workforce mobility."
The goal of this collaboration is to address the evolving needs for a resilient and secure mobile platform. At the same time it ensures that the end user privacy and experiences are not compromised, so users can enjoy the same Android experience for work as they do for personal use. Along with this effort to expand into the enterprise mobility market powered by the Android platform, Samsung will continue to provide the advanced, differentiated, and comprehensive enterprise mobility solution for enterprise customers.
Keeping Up with the Enterprise
"Samsung has been pioneering to bring Android to the enterprise. We are grateful for their contribution to the Android open source project," said Hiroshi Lockheimer, VP of Engineering, Android. "Jointly we are bringing enterprise-grade security and management capabilities to all manufacturers participating in the Android ecosystem."
Samsung KNOX is currently the only Android provider of defense-grade and government-certified mobile security complying with key US Government and Department of Defense (DoD) initiatives and other standards for mobile device security.
This enables its deployment in government and other highly regulated enterprise environments. The Samsung KNOX platform received the STIG approval from the US Defense Information Systems Agency to use in US DoD networks in May 2013 and was upgraded to STIG version 2 in April 2014.
UK government also recently published End User Device (EUD) Security Guidance for Samsung KNOX on using select Samsung Android devices. Additionally, MDFPP Common Criteria was certified for KNOX embedded devices such as Galaxy S5 and Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) in May 2014 and Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note PRO in Feb 2014 each.