Android provides a leading solution for this through Work Profiles – dedicated professional space that are separate from a user’s personal account, apps, and data. When this solution is combined with a Samsung device, it is a great offering. It’s because Samsung device is protected by Samsung Knox, a mobile enterprise security platform.
This is particularly useful for companies that have Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or Corporate-Owned Personally Enabled (COPE) policies, where employees use the same device for personal and work use. Work data in Android’s Work Profiles allows IT admins to apply policies to prevent data leakage, prevent installation of apps from unknown sources and protect company data. Android for Work, a program for supporting enterprise use of Android, provides modern and effective safeguards to protect both the individual and the enterprise.
But what about the device itself? How can one be certain that it hasn’t been tampered with, either physically or remotely? How can one ensure that only vendor-approved versions of the operating system (OS) are being run? Protecting data at the software level is necessary, but that software should be sitting on a trusted foundation, secure hardware. That’s where Samsung Knox comes into play.
Samsung Knox is a defense-grade mobile security platform built into Samsung devices. It extends Android’s software level protection by adding hardware level security mechanisms to ensure the integrity of the device. By simply turning on the device, one is protected with multiple layers of security from the hardware to the app level. Samsung Knox monitors and ensures that a mobile device is protected against external attacks, malicious code or applications, as well as deviations from a trusted baseline. In addition, it can detect or protect against device rooting (unlocking a device to access the back end of the OS).
Samsung Knox helps guarantee the integrity of the device, and Android for Work benefits from this. In addition, Samsung and Google work together very closely to ensure that Knox and Android for Work updates operate in tandem to stay ahead of emerging threats.
Furthermore, for organization which needs even more control over the management and security aspects of the mobile devices, Samsung offers the Knox Workspace. Samsung Knox Workspace provides the most comprehensive set of security and management capabilities possible on a mobile device. It has received more government security accreditations and industry awards than any other solution on the market.
Android for Work hardened by Knox features are now available on Samsung devices with Android OS 5.1 and above, including flagship smartphones, Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
To learn more about how Android for Work is hardened by Samsung Knox, watch the video here: