Samsung KNOX Again

— May 07, 2014

Samsung’s KNOX 2.0, is now globally available. The solution is the company’s end-to-end secure mobile platform designed to provide advanced data and privacy protection for enterprise users. It provides better support for IT departments looking for reassurance and convenience as they implement and manage their BYOD strategies.

The Samsung KNOX platform is no longer one product but represents a portfolio of multiple products and services designed to better meet the rapidly evolving enterprise mobility needs of customers. As a result, the original product launched in 2013 as Samsung KNOX—the core security platform and app container—has now been renamed KNOX Workspace.

Announced at MWC 2014, KNOX 2.0 includes KNOX Workspace, EMM, Marketplace and Customization. KNOX Workspace is currently available on the  Samsung Galaxy S5 and will be available on other Samsung Galaxy devices through OS upgrades in the coming months.

The MDM previously used with KNOX 1.0 is also fully compatible with KNOX 2.0. The workspace users of KNOX 1.0 will be automatically migrated to that of KNOX 2.0 with the OS upgrade.

JK Shin, President and CEO, Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics, said, “As a result of this rapid adoption, we needed to evolve the Samsung KNOX platform to directly address the ever-changing needs of the enterprise as we demonstrate our commitment to protect and respond to future enterprise mobility and security challenges.”

New and Evolved Features
Core Platform Security: On the Android platform, KNOX Workspace offers a series of core security enhancements to better protect device integrity from kernel to apps. These upgraded features include TrustZone-Protected Certificate Management, KNOX Key Store, Real-Time Protection for System Integrity, TrustZone-Protected ODE, Two-factor Biometric Authentication and the Enhanced Generic Framework of KNOX.

It also provides an enhanced user experience with new features for its container for a more flexible approach for enterprise deployment. The KNOX container provides users with support for all Android apps from the Google Play Store—meaning there is no need to go through the app wrapping process for third-party apps.

Split-Billing works with carriers to separately calculate the bills for personal-use apps and professional-use apps, and in turn bills the company for all enterprise or professional app use.

Universal MDM Client (UMC) and Samsung Enterprise Gateway (SEG) make user enrollment process simpler than before since the user profile is pre-registered to SEG by MDM servers.

Expanding Ecosystem
Two new cloud based services, KNOX EMM and KNOX Marketplace, and a customization service, KNOX Customization are also now available. These products specifically cater to SMBs.

  • KNOX EMM provides cloud-based MDM and Identity and Access Management (SSO + Directory service) with a rich set of IT policies to implement company guidelines.

  • KNOX Marketplace is one stop shop for SMBs to find, buy and use KNOX and enterprise cloud apps in a unified environment.

  • KNOX Customization offers a way to create highly customized B2B solutions with off-the-shelf hardware by providing either SDK or Binary to Systems Integrators (SI).

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