Samsung unveils Knox SDK to boost enterprise mobile security efforts
The end-to-end Knox solution provides security hardening from the hardware to the application layer on selected Samsung devices running Google's Android.
Knox uses application container technology, allowing IT departments to support both BYOD and corporate-liable models while reducing the risks to corporate security or employee privacy. The Knox SDK lets developers access protocols like a customizable secure boot and ARM TrustZone-based integrity measurement architecture.
Speaking Monday at the Samsung Developers Conference in San Francisco, Injong Rhee, Samsung's senior vice president and head of technology strategy and the enterprise, said the platform will support fingerprint sensors and other sensor-based safeguards in the future. "This is not rocket science, but it is darned good computer science," Rhee, who launched the Knox group three years ago, was quoted by the EE Times as saying.
Earlier this month, Samsung reached an agreement to integrate NQ Mobile's NQSky mobile device management platform into Knox. NQSky provides enterprise mobility services like mobile data strategy consulting, architecture design and deployment and mobile device content and application management. Samsung will leverage NQSky to strengthen device management and security protection across Knox-enabled products. Enterprises may also use the platform-agnostic NQSKy to manage employee access across rival Android devices as well as iOS and Windows Phone.
The Google-led Android mobile OS is under attack by more than a million malware threats and high-risk applications, according to data issued by security software firm Trend Micro. Seventy-five percent of questionable apps identified by Trend Micro perform outright malicious routines like sending messages to certain numbers and registering users to costly services while the remaining 25 percent exhibit dubious routines, including adware.
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