S Pens Need Security, Too

— March 17, 2014

Serious about getting stuff done securely? File-sharing service provider Hightail's solutions are now certified on Samsung Solutions Exchange and Samsung KNOX, with availability on the KNOX marketplace coming in Q2.

Now Hightail clients can use Samsung S Pens to securely annotate, sign documents, insert sketches and add comments directly on illustrations and graphics, all while on the move. The company's solution strives to tighten up mobile security in both hardware and software — courtesy of Samsung KNOX — while still providing an intuitive user experience on smartphones, tablets and phablets, enabling mobile professionals to enhance collaboration by sharing rich feedback in real time.

Hightail, a Samsung Enterprise Alliance Program member, builds into its file-sharing services a number of security-minded tracking and control features such as password protection, identity confirmation, and the option to add an expiration date when sharing a file or folder.

Samsung KNOX employs a separate container that manages and secures enterprise data to provide comprehensive device protection. Samsung Solutions Exchange helps enterprises identify tested and approved solutions to address their industry-specific needs.

"Security concerns are the most prominent reason for the lack of cloud adoption in the enterprise world," noted Eric van Miltenburg, senior vice president of business development for Hightail. "Our membership in the Solutions Exchange and shortly Samsung KNOX Marketplace allows us to respond to the demand for secure mobile solutions through our combined capabilities."

Hightail's rich feature set helps professionals maintain productivity whether they are in the office or on the road — all while offering IT-friendly usability on the backend.

A Microsoft Outlook plugin integrates Hightail into email, while Hightail enables sharing Microsoft SharePoint documents with external partners in just two clicks. Hightail also reduces the strain on Microsoft Exchange Server, which according to an Osterman Research report, can trim storage costs and facilitate "faster backups and restores, and easier server maintenance … making life easier for IT." What's more, integration with Microsoft Active Directory simplifies managing users on a large scale, while single sign-on technology, including SAML, lets employees use corporate passwords to access their accounts and enhances enterprise data security.

By 2016 nearly one-third of tablets will be sold directly to enterprises, according to Forrester Research. Work is increasingly carried out on the go and tools such as the Samsung's S Pen can help to increase the value proposition of touchscreen devices.


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